While many companies are increasing dividends this earnings season, some companies are trying to better reward shareholders. This company has decided to pay a significant 25% special dividend.
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Due to a change in the way members are selected, there are 14 new members of the S&P 1500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. Companies already in the S&P 1500 Composite Index are now eligible for inclusion if they have increased their annual regular cash dividend payments for at least 20 consecutive years, a reduction from the prior requirement for at least 25 consecutive years of rising payouts. Changes to the index were implemented after the close of business on July 20, 2012. [more]
The U.S. cut its corn-harvest estimate 12 percent and said inventories next year will be smaller than fore cast in June as the worst Midwest drought since 1988 erodes prospects for a record crop. With the increase in corn prices, companies using corn will be hit with higher expenses while those increasing corn yields will prosper. The rise in corn prices will affect food prices as corn is a primary food source for livestock. Investors must be wary of how the increase in corn prices may affect their portfolios. [more]
In looking for the right dividend stocks, investors must look beyond dividend yield. The hot demand for dividend stocks has overvalued some income producers which has dropped their yields. The increased stock prices make these stocks a less attractive investment. Therefore, investors must take valuation as an important determent to a stocks potential return. [more]
As the market uncertainty continues throughout 2012, investors are still seeking safety from income investments. While a significant amount of money has moved into bonds, dividend stocks are still a great place to find income streams. The boards of many companies are realizing this and responding by increasing their dividends. You have many dividend growth companies that continue to increase their dividends at a high pace each year. The following list includes companies that increased their dividend payments by 30% in the previous quarter. [more]