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13 Dividend Stocks Delivering Good News With Higher Dividends

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July 25, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: R , GCI , NNN

I couldn’t begin to estimate how many different stocks are traded around the world on the various exchanges. Like everything else, there are many participants, but few players. Though the population of stocks may be large, there are only a precious few that are worthy dividend stocks. Increasing dividends is one attribute that separates the good dividend stocks from the rest.

The best dividend stocks in the world consistently raise their dividends. This week several companies chose to step-up and reward their investors with higher cash dividends:

Provident Financial Holdings, Inc. (PROV) provides community banking and mortgage banking services to consumers and small to mid-sized businesses. July 21st the company tripled it dividend to $0.03 per share. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 19, 2011 and is payable on September 16, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 1.4%.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) owns and operates energy infrastructure in the United States and Canada. July 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 1.4% to $0.30 per share. The dividend is payable on Aug. 15, 2011, to shareholders of record as of Aug. 1, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 4.2%.

ONEOK, Inc. (OKE) is a diversified energy company that operates as a natural gas distributor. On July 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 8% to $0.56 per share. The dividend is payable Aug. 12, 2011, to shareholders of record at the close of business Aug. 1, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 3.0%.

Access National Corporation (ANCX) operates as the bank holding company for Access National Bank that provides commercial credit, deposit, and mortgage services. July 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 33% to $0.04 per share. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record as of August 4, 2011 and payable on August 25, 2011. This action represents the third consecutive quarter of a dividend increase. The yield based on the new payout is 2.1%.

Tompkins Financial Corporation (TMP) provides banking and financial services. July 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 5.9% to $0.36 per share. The dividend is payable on August 15, 2011, to common shareholders of record on August 5, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 3.6%.

Ryder System, Inc. (R) provides transportation and supply chain management solutions. July 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 7.4% to $0.29 per share. The dividend is payable on September 16, 2011, to shareholders of record on August 22, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 1.6%. The yield based on the new payout is 2.0%.

Crosstex Energy, L.P. (XTEX) operates as an independent midstream energy company that engages in the gathering, transmission, processing, and marketing of natural gas and natural gas liquids. July 19th the company increased its quarterly distribution 7% to $0.31 per unit. The distribution is payable August 12 to unitholders of record August 1. The yield based on the new payout is 6.9%.

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NUS) develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements worldwide. July 19th the company increased its quarterly dividend 19% to $0.16 per share. The dividend is payable on Sept. 14, 2011, to shareholders of record as of Aug. 26, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 1.6%.

AptarGroup, Inc. (ATR) engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of consumer product dispensing systems. July 19th the company increased its quarterly dividend 22% to to $0.22 per share. The dividend is payable August 23, 2011 to shareholders of record as of August 2, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 1.6%.

Bar Harbor Bankshares (BHB) operates as the holding company for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust that offers various banking products and services to individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and municipalities. July 19th the company increased its quarterly dividend 1.8% to $0.275 per share. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record as of the close of business August 17, 2011 and will be paid on September 15, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 3.9%.

Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI) operates as a media and marketing solutions company in the United States and internationally. July 18th the company increased its quarterly dividend 100% to $0.08 per share. The increased quarterly dividend is payable on October 3, 2011 to shareholders of record on September 9, 2011. This dividend represents the 172nd consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the company since it went public in 1967. The yield based on the new payout is 2.4%.

National Retail Properties, Inc. (NNN) is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust that owns, manages, and develops retail properties. July 15th the company increased its quarterly dividend 1.3% to $0.385 per share. The dividend is payable August 15, 2011 to common shareholders of record on July 29, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 6.1%.

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (OHI) operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in healthcare facilities, principally long-term healthcare facilities in the United States. July 14th the company increased its quarterly dividend 5.2% to $0.40 per share. The dividend is payable August 15, 2011 to common stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 1, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 7.6%.

Selecting stocks with increasing dividends is critical for an income growth strategy. The above list contains stocks that recently raised their dividends; it is not a list of recommend buys. As always, due diligence should be performed before buying or selling any stock. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: Long OHI, NNN. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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