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17 Stocks For Those That Love Increasing Dividends

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February 17, 2014 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: UPS , OXY , PEP

Over time we tend grow fond of people we have a relationship with. Sometimes we grow to love them like a brother or sister; sometimes even more. In much the same way we can easily grow to love certain stocks, but this is not necessarily a good thing. It is easy to be captivated with a top performer. Everyone loves a winner. To achieve our long-term investing goals we must remove emotion from the equation. It is a recipe for disaster when we make investing decisions based on a past relationship with a stock that is contrary to the current fact pattern.

That is not to say I am not fond of certain stocks. For example, I love stocks that consistently raise their dividends. Here are several that are trying win my affection with dividend increases:

United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), a package delivery company, provides transportation, logistics, and financial services in the United States and internationally. February 13th the company increased its quarterly dividend 8.1% to $0.67 per share. The dividend is payable March 11, 2014 to stockholders of record on February 24, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.8%.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY) engages in the exploration and production of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. February 13th the company increased its quarterly dividend 12.5% to $0.72 per share. The dividend is payable April 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 10, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 3.1%.

PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. February 13th the company increased its quarterly dividend 15% to $0.655 per share. The yield based on the new payout is 3.3%.

Weingarten Realty Investors (WRI) is a publically owned equity real estate investment trust. February 13th the company increased its quarterly dividend 6.6% to $0.325 per share. The dividend is payable March 14, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 6, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 4.3%.

Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) operates as a motion picture exhibitor in the United States. February 13th the company increased its quarterly dividend 4.8% to $0.22 per share. The dividend is payable March 14, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 4, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 4.5%.

TAL International Group, Inc. (TAL) engages in leasing intermodal containers and chassis worldwide. February 12th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.9% to $0.72 per share. The dividend is payable March 24, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 3, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 6.7%.

Regency (REG) is a national owner, operator, and developer of high quality grocery-anchored and community shopping centers. February 12th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.2% to $0.47 per share. The dividend is payable March 6, 2014, to stockholders of record on February 24, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 3.8%.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP) and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. February 12th the company increased its quarterly dividend 11.8% to $0.19 per share. The dividend is payable April 23, 2014 to stockholders of record on April 3, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 3.3%.

First West Virginia Bancorp, Inc. (FWV) operates as the holding company for Progressive Bank, National Association, which provides a range of consumer and commercial banking products and services to individuals, businesses, professionals, and governments. February 12th the company increased its quarterly dividend 5.3% to $0.20 per share. The dividend is payable May 17, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 3, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 4.8%.

CSP Inc. (CSPI) develops and markets information technology (IT) integration solutions and high-performance cluster computer systems to industrial, commercial, and defense customers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. February 12th the company increased its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.11 per share. The dividend is payable March 11, 2014 to stockholders of record on February 27, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 5.6%.

Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (DLR), a real estate investment trust (REIT), that owns, acquires, repositions and manages technology-related real estate. February 12th the company increased its quarterly dividend 6.4% to $0.83 per share. The dividend is payable March 31, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 14, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 6.3%.

Willis Group Holdings Public Limited Company (WSH) provides a range of insurance brokerage, reinsurance, and risk management consulting services worldwide. February 11th the company increased its quarterly dividend 7.1% to $0.30 per share. The dividend is payable April 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 31, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.7%.

L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (LLL) L-3 Communications Corporation, provides command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems; aircraft modernization and maintenance. February 11th the company increased its quarterly dividend 9.1% to $0.60 per share. the dividend is payable March 17, 2014, to stockholders of record on March 3, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.1%.

Xilinx, Inc. (XLNX) designs and develops programmable devices and associated technologies worldwide. February 11th the company increased its quarterly dividend 11.5% to $0.29 per share. The dividend is June 4, 2014 to stockholders of record on May 14, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.4%.

Owens & Minor, Inc. (OMI) provides distribution, third-party logistics, and other supply-chain management services to healthcare providers and suppliers of medical and surgical products. February 10th the company increased its quarterly dividend 4.2% to $0.25 per share. The dividend is payable March 31, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 17, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.

Hasbro, Inc. (HAS) provides children’s and family leisure time products and services worldwide. February 10th the company increased its quarterly dividend 7.5% to $0.43 per share. The dividend is payable May 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on May 1, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 3.3%.

Avista Corporation (AVA), an energy company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of energy; and other energy-related businesses primarily in the United States and Canada. February 7th the company increased its quarterly dividend 4.1% to $0.3175 per share. The dividend is payable March 14, 2014 to stockholders of record on February 21, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 4.4%.

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 OXY, PEP, CSCO, OMI in my Dividend Growth Portfolio and long AVA, DLR in my High-Yield Portfolio. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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