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14 Recent Dividend Increases

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February 24, 2010 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: GPC , KO , SHW

What separates income investors from dividend investors is the concept of a growing dividend. This dividend growth is the life-blood of a thriving dividend portfolio. The income derived from a quality, well-diversified portfolio is much more predictable than capital gains and the good companies routinely raise their dividends well in excess of the inflation rate.

Recently, the following companies announced increased cash dividends:

Northwestern Corp. (NWE) provides electricity and natural gas in Montana, South
Dakota, and Nebraska. February 12th the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.34/share. The dividend is payable on March 31, 2010, to common shareholders of record as of March 15, 2010, the ex-dividend date is March 11, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 5.42%.

Hubbell (HUB.A) produces electrical and electronic products for commercial, industrial, telecommunications, utility and residential applications. February 12the the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.36/share. The dividend will be paid on April 9, 2010 to shareholders of record on March 8, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 4, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 3.19%.

Genuine Parts (GPC) is a leading wholesale distributor of automotive replacement parts, industrial parts and supplies, and office products. February 16th the company increased its quarterly dividend 3% to $0.41/share. The dividend is payable April 1, 2010 to shareholders of record March 5, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 3, 2010. GPC is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 54 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 4.03%.

Cooper Industries (CBE) is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of electrical products, tools, and hardware. February 16th the company increases its quarterly dividend to $0.27/share. The dividend will be paid on April 1, 2010 to shareholders of record as of February 26, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 24, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 2.27%.

PSEG (PEG) is the holding company for Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), with a service area that encompasses 70% of New Jersey. February 16th the company increased its quarterly dividend 3.0% to $0.3425/share. The dividend rate is $1.37 annualized. The first dividend in 2010 is payable on March 31, 2010, to shareholders of record on March 10, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 8, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 4.46%.

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is the world's largest bottler of Coca-Cola beverage products, distributing to about 78% of the North American market. Coca-Cola Co. holds about 35% of CCE's common stock. February 16th the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.09/share. The dividend is payable March 25, 2010 to shareowners of record on March 12, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 10, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.84%.

Rogers Comm (RCI) is a Canadian communications and media company operates in three segments: Wireless, Cable and Media. February 17th the company increases its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.32/share. The dividend will be paid on April 1, 2010 to shareholders of record on March 5, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 3, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.9%. The yield based on the new payout is 3.89%.

Albemarle (ALB) makes specialty chemicals, intermediates and catalysts for polymers, petroleum refining, agricultural chemicals and pharmaceuticals. February 17th the company raises its quarterly dividend 12% to $0.14/share. The dividend is payable April 1, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business as of March 15, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 11. The yield based on the new payout is 1.48%.

Sherwin-Williams (SHW) is the largest U.S. producer of paints, is also a major seller of wallcoverings and related products. February 17th the company increased its quarterly dividend $0.36/share. The dividend is payable on March 12, 2010, to shareholders of record on February 26, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 24, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 2.2%. SHW is a Dividend Aristocrat and has raised its dividend for 32 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 2.21%.

Ventas (VTR) is a real estate investment trust invests in health care facilities, including senior housing, specialty care facilities, hospitals, and medical office buildings. February 18th the company raised its quarterly dividend to $0.535/share. The yield based on the new payout is 4.76%.

Validus Holdings (VR) focuses its underwriting efforts on "short tail" risks, primarily in the property reinsurance market. February 18th the company increases its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.22/share. The dividend is payable on March 31, 2010 to shareholders and warrant holders of record on March 15, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 11, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 3.25%.

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) is a leading international retailer, designer, manufacturer, and distributor of fine jewelry and gift items. February 18th the company increased its quarterly dividend 18% to $0.20/share. The dividend will be paid on April 12, 2010 to stockholders of record on March 22, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 18, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.85%.

Coca-Cola (KO) is the world's largest soft drink company with a sizable fruit juice business. February 18th the company increases its quarterly dividend 7% to $0.44/share. The dividend is payable April 1, 2010, to shareowners of record as of March 15, 2010. KO is a Dividend Aristocrat and has raised its dividend for 48 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 3.15%.

T. Rowe Price (TROW) operates one of the largest no-load mutual fund complexes in the United States. February 18th the company increased its quarterly dividend by 8% to $0.27/share. The dividend is payable March 29, 2010 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 16, 2010. TROW is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 23 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 2.18%.

Your employer may not have given you a raise this year, but if you are invested in good dividend stocks, you will get a dividend increase from them. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: Long GPC, KO. See a list of all my income holdings here.

2 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 24, 2010 at 7:36 AM, islandcleaners (< 20) wrote:

Those aren't bad. Reach for more.

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#2) On February 24, 2010 at 9:00 AM, Superdrol (97.25) wrote:

Nucor increased their dividend

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