It has been a great run for the Dividend Aristocrats in recent years. Since the initial outbreak of the financial crisis in July 2007, this group of high quality companies with at least 25 consecutive years of rising dividends has outperformed the broader market as measured by the S&P 500 Index by a cumulative +10%. But while many of the individual companies in the group have performed just as well if not better than the broader market over this time period, a select few have trailed behind with the stock market hoi polloi. And it is among these aristocratic laggards where some interesting value and potential return opportunities may reside going forward.
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