Hormel Foods best performing Dividend Aristocrat in 2015

Hormel Foods (HRL) is the best performing Dividend Aristocrat this year with a 43.8% gain as of November 30th.

The worst performing Dividend Aristocrat in 2015 is Wal-Mart Stores (WMT).

Hormel Foods gained 10.9% in October, bringing the YTD return to 43.8% (dividend excluded). The second best performing Dividend Aristocrat this year is insurer Chubb, following a buyout offer earlier this year.

The top-5 of best performing Dividend Aristocrats YTD (30th november).

1. Hormel Foods +43.8%
2. Chubb +26.2%
3. McDonald's +21.8%
4. Clorox +19,0%
5. Cincinnati Financial +17.9%

The biggest loser in 2015 so far is Wal-Mart (WMT, down 31.5%), followed closely by Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), with a 29.8% loss as of November 30th. Another big undperformer this year is Franklin Resources (BEN) losing 24.3%.

The top-5 of worst performing Dividend Aristocrats YTD

1. Wal-Mart Stores -31.5%
2. Archer-Daniels-Midland -29.8%
3. Franklin Resources - 24.8%
4. W.W. Grainger -21.3%
5. HCP -19.3%

AVERAGE DIVIDEND YIELD 2.6%

The average Dividend Aristocrat is losing 0.2% so far in 2015, despite 27 out of 52 stocks gaining this year. The average dividend yield for all 52 Dividend Aristocrats is 2.6% as of November 30th.

BIGGEST DIVIDEND HIKE 
Medtronic raised its dividend by 24.6% in 2015, leading all other Dividend Aristocrats. Nucor raised its dividend by just 0.7% yesterday, again delivering the slowest dividend growth.

45 OUT OF 52 STOCKS RAISED THEIR DIVIDEND
Of all 52 Dividend Aristocrats 45 raised their dividend in 2015. Of the 7 stocks that didn't hike their dividend yet, only Chevron passed it's annual raise this summer.

BEST TRACK RECORD FOR DOVER
Last but not least: The Dividend Aristocrat with the best dividend track record remains industrial Dover (DOV), having raised its dividend for 60 consecutive years. On average the Dividend Aristocrats have hiked their dividend for 42 years.

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