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September 2012

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T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW) Dividend Stock Analysis

September 28, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TROW , EV , BLK

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of T. Rowe Price Group Inc. (TROW). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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General Dynamics (GD) Dividend Stock Analysis

September 27, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GD , BA , LMT

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of General Dynamics (GD). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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Stocks Delivering The Dividend Dream

September 26, 2012 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: ABT , KO , MMM

I have a dream that one day dividend stocks will rise up and decline under the threat of an Obama tax increase and live out the true meaning of their creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all stocks are not created equal.”   [more]

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This High-Yield Monthly Dividend Stock Has Raised Its Dividend For 59 Consecutive Quarters

September 24, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MCD , CAG , MSFT

Many of our expenses like utilities and mortgage payments are on a monthly cycle. It is nice when we have monthly income to match up with the monthly expenses - which is why investments that pay monthly dividends are so popular. Just because an investment pays a monthly dividend, doesn't necessarily mean it is a good fit for investors in dividend growth stocks.

Those of us that invest in dividend growth stocks are also looking for a company that grows its dividend on a regular basis. At minimum, we expect an annual increase in our dividend, usually at the expense of a lower yield. But what if we could have it all?

There is a company that bills itself as The Monthly Dividend Company that provides shareholders with monthly dividends, quarterly dividend increases and a nice yield. Other fun facts from the company's website include:

- 505 dividends paid
- 67 dividend increases
- 59 consecutive quarterly increases
- Dividend growth of 101.5% since 1994
- Average annual dividend return of 7.6% since 1994 (through 12/31/11)
- 4.4% current yield

Who is this company? It is...

Realty Income Corporation (O). A company that engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial retail real estate properties in the United States. September 18th the company increased its monthly dividend 0.2% to $0.1514375 per share. The dividend is payable on October 15, 2012 to shareholders of record as of October 1, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 4.4%.

Below are several other companies that have recently increased their cash dividends to shareholders:

McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) franchises and operates McDonald’s restaurants primarily in the United States, Europe, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. September 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 10% percent to $0.77 per share. The dividend is payable Dec. 17 to shareholders of record Dec. 3. The yield based on the new payout is 3.3%.

IDACORP, Inc. (IDA) Idaho Power Company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, sale, and purchase of electric energy in the United States. September 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 15.2 percent to $0.38 per share. The dividend is payable November 30, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 5, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 3.6%.

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN) engages in the design and sale of semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. September 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 24% to $0.21 per share. The dividend is payable November 19, 2012, to stockholders of record October 31, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.

Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. (WASH) operates as the bank holding company for The Washington Trust Company that offers various banking and financial products and services to individuals and businesses. September 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 4.3% to $0.04 per share. The dividend is payable on October 12, 2012 to shareholders of record on October 1, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 3.7%.

ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG) operates as a food company primarily in North America. The company operates through two segments, Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods. September 20th the company increased its quarterly dividend 4.1% to $0.25 per share. The dividend is payable Dec. 4, 2012, to stockholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 31, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 3.6%.

Newcastle Investment Corp. (NCT) operates as a real estate investment and finance company that invests in and manages a portfolio consisting primarily of real estate securities. September 19th the company increased its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.22 per share. The dividend is payable on October 31, 2012 to shareholders of record on October 1, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 11.1%.

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) develops, licenses, and supports software products and services; and designs and sells hardware worldwide. September 18th the company increased its quarterly dividend 15% to $0.23 per share. The dividend is payable December 13, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 15, 2012. The ex-dividend date will be November 13, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 3.0%.

Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) operates as a diversified financial services holding company in the United States. September 18th the company increased its quarterly dividend 25% to $0.10 per share. The dividend is payable October 18, 2012 to shareholders of record as of Friday, September 28, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.6%.

W. P. Carey & Co. LLC (WPC) provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit transactions for companies worldwide and manages a global investment portfolio. September 14th the company increased its quarterly dividend 15% to $0.65 per share. The dividend is payable October 16, 2012 to shareholders of record of W. P. Carey Inc. as of October 2, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 5.3%.

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 O, MCD, MSFT. in my Dividend Growth Portfolio. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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August 2012 Pocket Change Portfolio Performance

September 22, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: ABT , CL , PG

The Pocket Change Portfolio (PCP) was first introduced on September 13, 2008 as a real money dividend income portfolio funded by the "pocket change" earned from my various online endeavors. Each month I report on the portfolio's progress and dividends earned.   [more]

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Medtronic Inc. (MDT) Dividend Stock Analysis

September 21, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MDT , BDX , BAX

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Medtronic Inc. (MDT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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Target Corporation (TGT) Dividend Stock Analysis

September 20, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TGT , WMT , COST

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Target Corporation (TGT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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10 Quality Dividend Stocks Trading Below Their Fair Value

September 19, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MSFT , KO , MCD

One of the most asked questions I get is, 'When should I start investing?' The implication is that now is not a good time. Either the market is too high after the recent run up, or the market is too scary after the recent declines. There are always reasons for not investing today. What's the secret to picking the right time to start investing?  [more]

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6 Stocks Sending A Strong Message With Higher Dividends

September 17, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MMM , EMR , DOV

One of the many reasons I like dividend stocks is because they provide continuous feedback. As time passes, dividend investors see their income grow steadily. You don’t have to wait five to ten years to determine if the strategy is working.  [more]

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Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF) Dividend Stock Analysis

September 14, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CINF , AXS , ALL

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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Chevron Corporation (CVX) Dividend Stock Analysis

September 13, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: CVX , XOM , COP

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Chevron Corporation (CVX). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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10 Big-Name Dividend Stocks Crushing The S&P 500

September 12, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: WMT , MMM , MCD

Most every investor has a benchmark they are trying to beat. For many investors, that benchmark is the S&P 500. It is easily followed and can be directly invested in via many different index funds such as SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) and Vanguard 500 Index Inv (VFINX).  [more]

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This Largely Unknown Tech Stock Just Announced A HUGE Cash And Dividend Increase

September 10, 2012 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: EPIQ , VZ , BRC

Tech companies are not usually known for dividend increases. Historically, most of them would pour every dollar back into the business to meet growth expectations. When growth slowed, they would purchase their stock with excess cash and eventually pay a dividend when all other uses of cash were extinguished. Not all tech companies follow this pattern...  [more]

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Dividend Income Progress Update - August 2012

September 08, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: PFF , CLX , NNN

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in August, extending the streak to 26 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 55 of the last 57 months...  [more]

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Kimberly-Clark Co. (KMB) Dividend Stock Analysis

September 07, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: KMB , PG , CL

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Kimberly-Clark Co. (KMB). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Kimberly Clark Corp. is a global consumer products company's producing tissue, personal care and health care products. Its brands include Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, Depend, Kleenex and Scott.  [more]

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Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM) Dividend Stock Analysis

September 06, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: XOM , CVX , COP

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:  [more]

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4 Communications Services Stocks With Increasing Dividends

September 05, 2012 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: TDS , VZ , T

With Treasury interest rates at historic lows, a lot of income investors are looking for higher yielding investments. This not only includes investors who in the past would only invest in "safe" U.S. debt, but also those who retired with an under-sized nest egg and need more income to live on. One of the places that income-hungry investors turn to is the higher yielding investments in the Communications Services sector.  [more]

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These Two Companies Are Shoving Mountains Of Cash To Their Shareholders

September 03, 2012 – Comments (1) | RELATED TICKERS: AOL , FSCI , HRS

Income investors love to watch those periodic dividends show up in their brokerage accounts. Good dividend growth stocks send them consistently and give us a raise at least once a year.   [more]

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