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March 03, 2010 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ABT , CTL , KMB

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:

PG&E Corp. (PCG) is the parent of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. On February 19th the company increased its quarterly dividend to to $0.455/share. The yield based on the new payout is 4.33%.

Abbott (ABT) is a leading maker of drugs, nutritional products, diabetes monitoring devices, and diagnostics. February 19th the company raised its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.44/share. The cash dividend is payable May 15, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 15, 2010. The ex-dividend date is April 13. ABT is a Dividend Aristocrat and has raised its dividend for 38 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 3.24%. [Analysis]

ITT Corp (ITT) is a diversified industrial manufacturer of advanced technology products. February 22nd the company raised its quarterly dividend 18% to $0.25/share. The dividend is payable on April 1, 2010 to shareholders of record on March 3, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 1. The dividend yield is 1.95% on the new payout.

Home Depot (HD) operates a chain of over 2,200 retail warehouse-type stores, selling a wide variety of home improvement products. February 23rd the company increased its quarterly dividend 5% to 23.625/share. The dividend is payable on March 25, 2010, to shareholders of record on the close of business on March 11, 2010. The dividend yield is 3.01% on the new payout.

Kimberly-Clark (KMB) is a leading consumer products company's global tissue, personal care and health care brands include Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex and Scott. February 23rd the company raised its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.66/share. The dividend is payable on April 5, 2010, to stockholders of record on March 5, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 3, 2010. KMB is a Dividend Aristocrat and has raised its dividend for 38 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 4.38%. [Analysis]

MOCON (MOCO) makes equipment to test packages and packaging material, and performs consulting and analytical services. February 24th the company raised its quarterly dividend 6% to $0.095/share. The dividend is payable on May 21, 2010, to shareholders of record on May 7, 2010. The ex-dividend date is May 5, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.74%.

Digital Realty Trust (DLR) operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). February 24th the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.48/share. The dividend will be paid on March 31, 2010, to common stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 15, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 11, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.76%.

Altria Group (MO) is the largest U.S. cigarette producer. February 24th the company increased its quarterly dividend 3% to $0.35/share. The dividend is payable on April 9, 2010, to stockholders of record as of March 15, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 11, 2010. MO is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 6.91%.

Westar Energy (WR) provides electric generation, transmission and distribution services to apx. 674,000 customers in Kansas as of December 31, 2007. February 24th the company raised its quarterly dividend 3.3% to $0.31/share. The dividend is payable April 1, 2010 to shareholders of record on March 9, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 5. The yield based on the new payout is 5.62%.

Chubb (CB) is one of the largest U.S. property-casualty insurers, Chubb has carved out a number of niches, including high-end personal lines and specialty liability lines coverage. February 24th the company increased its quarterly dividend 5.7% to $0.37/share. The dividend is payable on April 6 to shareholders of record on March 19. The ex-dividend date is March 17. CB is a Dividend Aristocrat and has raised its dividend for 45 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 2.90%. [Analysis]

Weingarten Realty Investors (WRI) is a REIT focusing on shopping centers and industrial properties. February 24th the company increased its dividend. The yield based on the new payout is 4.92%.

McGrath Rentcorp (MGRC) rents and sells modular buildings and electronic test and measurement equipment; and manufactures and sells portable classrooms. February 24th the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.225/share. The dividend is payable on April 30, 2010, to all shareholders of record on April 16, 2010. The ex-dividend date is April 14, 2010. MGRC is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 3.69%.

Essex Property Trust (ESS) is a real estate investment trust primarily owns and operates multi-family properties in California and the Pacific Northwest. February 24th the company raised its quarterly dividend to $1.0325/share. The dividend is payable on April 15, 2010 to shareholders of record as of March 31, 2010, will be $1.0325 per share. The ex-dividend date is March 29, 2010. ESS is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 4.83%.

Donaldson (DCI) operates as a worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and replacement parts. February 24th the company increased its quarterly dividend 4% to $0.12/share. The dividend is payable March 19th to shareholders of record as of March 5th. The ex-dividend date is March 3. DCI is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 24 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 1.147%.

CenturyLink (CTL) provides voice service to 7 million customers and Internet service to 2 million customers in both rural towns and larger cities, like Las Vegas. February 25th the company raised its quarterly dividend 3.6% to $0.725/share. The dividend is payable on March 22, 2010 to shareholders of record on March 9, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 5, 2010. CTL is a Dividend Aristocrat and has raised its dividend for 36 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 8.37%.

Gap Inc. (GPS) is a specialty apparel retailer operates Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy stores. February 25th the company increased its dividend 18% to $0.10/share. The dividend is payable on April 28, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 7, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.96%.

Old Republic Int. (ORI) writes property and liability, mortgage guaranty, title and life, and disability insurance. February 25th the company raised its quarterly dividend 1.4% to $0.1725/share. The dividend is payable March 15, 2010, to shareholders of record on March 5, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 6.1%. ORI is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 28 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 6.13%.

Cleco Corp (CNL) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Louisiana; holds ownership interest in three steam electric generating stations and one gas turbine. February 25th the company increased its quarterly dividend 11% to $0.25/share. The dividend is payable May 15, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 3.90%.

The only way a company can consistently increase yield-on-cost is to consistently raise their dividends paid. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: Long ABT, KMB, CTL. See a list of all my income holdings here.



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