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Dividend Challengers (And Near-Challengers): 153 Increases Expected By The End Of March

Published Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:55:06 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

In compiling the Dividend Champions list, I get to see which companies are nearing the anniversaries of their previous dividend increases. Since most of these firms raise their payout at about the same time every year, I can say with some confidence that they are likely to do so again. I have separated the Champions (25 or more years of higher dividends), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years) into distinct groupings, so please look for the other articles, which I hope will be published about the same time. Note that "CCC" refers to the combination of Champions, Contenders, and Challengers.
Dividend Growth Meets the Groundhog After a slow start to the New Year, the first quarter becomes the busiest time of the year for dividend increase announcements, starting, as usual, around Groundhog Day. The number of announcements for all Champions, Contenders, Challengers, and Near-Challengers expected in the next 11 weeks has risen to a staggering 221 now, up from just 109 last month and a peak of 146 in my mid-October articles. (The latest numbers are even up from the 186 around Groundhog Day 2017.)
As mentioned previously, 2018 should be a banner year for new Champions, as there are more than a dozen companies with current streaks of 24 years, while the Contenders will be replenished by a similar number of companies adding to their current 9-year streaks, and there are over 100 companies ready to become Challengers in the next 12 months.
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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
GAMESTOP 8.06   0.0 -6.58 1.52 17.65
CHICO'S FAS 3.77   14.0 0.27 0.35 9.04
MOELIS & COMPANY 33.41   14.5 2.30 2.00 6.03
EPR PROPERTIES 76.70   20.5 3.74 4.50 5.76
MEDICAL PROPERTIES TRUST 17.98   6.6 2.71 1.00 5.48
LAS VEGAS SANDS 59.22   30.2 1.96 3.08 5.11
ARMADA HOFFLER PROPERTIES 16.39   46.8 0.35 0.84 5.10
LAMAR ADVERTISING 82.11   23.9 3.44 3.84 4.67
ALEXANDER'S 385.26   32.6 11.80 18.00 4.66
BOSTON PRIVATE FINANCIAL 11.28   12.1 0.93 0.48 4.34
HARLEY-DAVIDSON 34.81   11.9 2.93 1.50 4.34
ESCALADE 11.76   0.0 0.00 0.50 4.22
KOHL'S 62.91   12.9 4.86 2.68 4.21
NORTHWEST BANCSHARES 17.34   17.0 1.02 0.72 4.18
INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES 22.22   13.9 1.60 0.94 4.17
PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL 99.31   11.6 8.57 4.00 4.05
HERITAGE COMMERCE CORP 12.25   13.9 0.88 0.48 3.98
FIRST HORIZON NATIONAL 14.20   8.4 1.69 0.56 3.94
FLUSHING FINANCIAL 22.13   12.4 1.78 0.84 3.85
FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE 73.13   8.4 8.76 2.80 3.84
BIG LOTS 31.57   8.2 3.85 1.20 3.76
EMCLAIRE FINANCIAL 31.70   0.0 0.00 1.16 3.73
EATON 78.42   15.6 5.03 2.84 3.61
HANESBRANDS 16.57   10.9 1.52 0.60 3.57
PH GLATFELTER 14.82   0.0 -4.07 0.52 3.44
MAGNA INTERNATIONAL 43.79   5.4 8.15 1.46 3.28
VAIL RESORTS 215.91   33.4 6.46 7.04 3.20
COLUMBIA BANKING SYSTEM 35.91   14.7 2.44 1.12 3.16
FIRST INTERSTATE BANCSYSTEM 39.40   14.0 2.81 1.24 3.16
PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE 60.37   19.4 3.11 1.88 3.11
APARTMENT INVESTMENT & MANAGEMENT 49.63   8.8 5.65 1.56 3.09
AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES 200.55   27.7 7.25 6.08 2.99
DOUGLAS DYNAMICS 36.79   18.8 1.96 1.09 2.95
FBL FINANCIAL GROUP 66.00   15.8 4.17 1.92 2.94
HORACE MANN EDUCATORS 39.63   55.0 0.72 1.15 2.94
CYRUSONE 62.78   139.5 0.45 1.84 2.89
EVANS BANCORP 36.05   0.0 0.00 1.04 2.89
ALLETE 81.84   21.8 3.75 2.35 2.86
COHEN & STEERS 50.01   20.0 2.50 1.44 2.86
NISOURCE 28.16   0.0 -0.38 0.80 2.83
HOME DEPOT 190.95   19.6 9.73 5.44 2.82
PROLOGIS 75.59   27.9 2.71 2.12 2.77
OTTER TAIL 51.11   24.8 2.06 1.40 2.74
SIERRA BANCORP 26.44   12.8 2.07 0.72 2.73
CORNING 29.60   12.8 2.32 0.80 2.67
FIRST DEFIANCE FINANCIAL 28.82   12.8 2.25 0.76 2.66
FIRST INDUSTRIAL REALTY TRUST 34.45   29.0 1.19 0.92 2.62
KAISER ALUMINUM 93.82   16.7 5.61 2.40 2.59
FIRST BUSINESS FINANCIAL SERVICES 23.46   11.1 2.11 0.60 2.51
INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES 41.14   12.7 3.23 1.00 2.50
FIRST COMMUNITY 17.77   0.0 0.00 0.44 2.49
NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS 39.91   35.0 1.14 1.00 2.49
MILLER INDUSTRIES 30.15   9.6 3.14 0.72 2.36
INDEPENDENT BANK 77.30   16.6 4.65 1.76 2.28
APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES 55.78   15.2 3.68 1.24 2.25
ALASKA AIR GROUP 61.95   17.6 3.53 1.40 2.24
LEAR 131.26   8.3 15.75 3.00 2.24
CARTER'S 88.52   15.0 5.90 2.00 2.23
ALLSTATE 95.94   13.7 7.00 2.00 2.09
ARTHUR J GALLAGHER 83.29   22.5 3.70 1.72 2.06
PEOPLES BANCORP OF NORTH CAROLINA 27.99   0.0 0.00 0.56 2.01
DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP 116.25   19.7 5.90 2.32 2.00
CSG SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL 45.92   21.1 2.18 0.89 1.96
AVNET 43.08   18.2 2.36 0.80 1.84
ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL 58.25   36.9 1.58 1.08 1.79
MARCUS 36.51   23.2 1.57 0.64 1.75
ASSURED GUARANTY 42.11   12.1 3.49 0.72 1.70
NEXSTAR BROADCASTING GROUP 105.82   12.7 8.35 1.80 1.69
NATIONAL SECURITY GROUP 11.07   0.0 0.00 0.20 1.67
CME GROUP 186.63   34.9 5.35 3.00 1.63
BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON 61.07   21.4 2.86 0.92 1.50
OAK VALLEY BANCORP 19.34   0.0 0.00 0.27 1.44
GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR 37.50   25.7 1.46 0.54 1.43
FLIR SYSTEMS 49.65   22.7 2.19 0.68 1.37
BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT 46.96   14.8 3.18 0.64 1.35
EQUIFAX 121.28   0.0 -2.85 1.56 1.29
ELBIT SYSTEMS 141.00   29.1 4.84 1.76 1.27
FORRESTER RESEARCH 47.93   239.6 0.20 0.60 1.26
HURCO 38.02   10.3 3.69 0.48 1.25
LEMAITRE VASCULAR 26.57   0.0 0.00 0.34 1.24
EXPONENT 57.65   41.8 1.38 0.64 1.14
FIRST SAVINGS FINANCIAL GROUP 57.86   0.0 0.00 0.64 1.10
MOODY'S 184.77   27.4 6.75 2.00 1.08
ITT 59.11   17.2 3.43 0.59 0.98
DOMINO'S PIZZA 284.86   33.3 8.55 2.60 0.92
HUMANA 250.03   19.6 12.78 2.20 0.89
HILL-ROM 95.99   28.6 3.36 0.84 0.86
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD 43.43   19.0 2.28 0.37 0.80
MARKETAXESS 291.97   62.2 4.69 2.04 0.70
DANAHER 130.32   38.4 3.39 0.68 0.52
GATX 62.62   0.0 0.00 0.00 0.00
GUARANTY BANCORP 20.75   0.0 0.00 0.00 0.00

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