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10 Stocks Expected to Grow Their Dividends in 2011

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January 03, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CL , JNJ , MCD

In this space we normally look at companies that have recently raised their dividends. However, as the year draws to a close there were very few companies of note increasing their dividends this week. With that, I thought it would be interesting to see who were the big dividend raisers in 2010 and what we might see in 2011. Here are ten companies for your consideration:

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) in April 2010 raised its dividend 10% to $0.44/share from $0.40/share. In April 2009 it raised its dividend 11%. ABT has increased its dividend for 38 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. The 2011 increase should be similar to the 2010 increase, or possibly higher, since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash flow is up significantly compared to 2009. I project a 2011 increase of 10%. The stock is currently yielding 3.7%.

Kimberly-Clark Corp. (KMB) in March 2010 raised its dividend 10% to $0.66/share from $0.60/share. In 2009 it raised its dividend 3.4%. KMB has increased its dividend for 38 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. I project 2011 be lower than the 2010 increase since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash flow is down from the 2009 high. I project a 2011 increase of 8%. The stock is currently yielding 4.2%.

Clorox Company (CLX) in July 2010 raised its dividend 10% to $0.55/share from $0.50/share. In 2009 it raised its dividend 8.7%. CLX has increased its dividend for 33 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. I project the 2011 increase will be similar to the 2010 increase since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash flow is flat with 2009. I project a 2011 increase of 10%. The stock is currently yielding 3.5%.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) in May 2010 raised its dividend 10.2% to $0.54/share from $0.49/share. In 2009 it raised its dividend 6.5%. JNJ has increased its dividend for 48 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. I project the 2011 increase will be higher than the 2010 increase since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash flow is up from 2009. I project a 2011 increase of 12%. The stock is currently yielding 3.5%.

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) in November 2010 raised its dividend 10.9% to $0.61/share from $0.55/share. In 2009 it raised its dividend 10%. MCD has increased its dividend for 34 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. I project the 2011 increase will be lower than the 2010 increase since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash flow growth is less than the 2010 dividend increase. I project a 2011 increase of 7%. The stock is currently yielding 3.5%.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) in March 2010 raised its dividend 11% to $0.3025/share from $0.2725/share. In 2009 it raised its dividend 14.7%. WMT has increased its dividend for 36 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. I project the 2011 increase will be lower than the 2010 increase since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash flow growth is less than the 2010 dividend increase. I project a 2011 increase of 5%. The stock is currently yielding 2.3%.

Eaton Vance Corp. (EV) in October 2010 raised its dividend 12.5% to $0.18/share from $0.16/share. In 2009 it raised its dividend 3.2%. EV has increased its dividend for 30 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. I project the 2011 increase will be similar to the 2010 increase since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash flow is similar to 2010. I project a 2011 increase of 12%. The stock is currently yielding 2.3%.

Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL) in March 2010 raised its dividend 20% to $0.53/share from $0.44/share. In 2009 it raised its dividend 10%. CL has increased its dividend for 47 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. I project the 2011 increase will be lower than the 2010 increase since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash flow growth is lower that 2010′s growth. I project a 2011 increase of 15%. The stock is currently yielding 2.6%.

Walgreen Company (WAG) in March 2010 raised its dividend 27% to $0.175/share from $0.1375/share. In 2009 it raised its dividend 22%. WAG has increased its dividend for 35 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. I project the 2011 increase will be lower than the 2010 increase since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash flow growth is less than the 2010 dividend increase. I project a 2011 increase of 12%. The stock is currently yielding 1.8%.

Target Corp. (TGT) in August 2010 raised its dividend 47% to $0.25/share from $0.17/share. In 2009 it raised its dividend 6.2%. TGT has increased its dividend for 43 consecutive years and I expect them to do so again next year. I project the 2011 increase will be lower than the 2010 increase since the company’s 12-month trailing free cash declined from the the 2010 level. I project a 2011 increase of 7%. The stock is currently yielding 1.7%.

Obviously, the above increases are pure speculation on my part. But in a world where cash is king, somehow great companies always find a way to increase their dividends each year.

Full Disclosure: Long ABT, KMB, CLX, JNJ, MCD, WMT, CL. See a list of all my income holdings here.

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