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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 4.58   0.0 -10.70 0.00 33.12
CHICO'S FAS 4.13   0.0 -0.09 0.35 8.75
EPR PROPERTIES 77.15   22.8 3.38 4.50 5.84
MOELIS & COMPANY 34.79   16.4 2.12 2.00 5.82
MEDICAL PROPERTIES TRUST 18.94   7.3 2.61 1.04 5.30
KOHL'S 52.36   11.5 4.54 2.68 5.24
LAS VEGAS SANDS 60.15   24.1 2.50 3.08 5.22
LAMAR ADVERTISING 79.74   22.2 3.60 3.84 4.98
BIG LOTS 23.06   7.5 3.07 1.20 4.91
ALEXANDER'S 372.10   35.2 10.57 18.00 4.87
ARMADA HOFFLER PROPERTIES 18.04   53.1 0.34 0.84 4.75
ESCALADE 11.03   0.0 0.00 0.50 4.68
PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL 88.22   9.0 9.82 4.00 4.61
NORTHWEST BANCSHARES 16.76   16.4 1.02 0.72 4.39
INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES 21.11   12.7 1.66 0.94 4.35
HARLEY-DAVIDSON 36.05   13.3 2.71 1.50 4.24
BOSTON PRIVATE FINANCIAL 12.07   11.1 1.09 0.48 4.15
FLUSHING FINANCIAL 20.55   12.3 1.67 0.84 4.13
HERITAGE COMMERCE CORP 12.33   11.0 1.12 0.48 3.99
HANESBRANDS 15.91   10.3 1.55 0.60 3.86
EMCLAIRE FINANCIAL 33.48   0.0 0.00 1.16 3.53
FIRST HORIZON NATIONAL 16.46   9.2 1.79 0.56 3.42
FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE 85.11   9.5 8.94 2.80 3.37
PH GLATFELTER 15.92   0.0 -3.77 0.52 3.36
FBL FINANCIAL GROUP 61.05   14.6 4.17 1.92 3.31
EATON 87.30   17.0 5.14 2.84 3.27
FIRST INTERSTATE BANCSYSTEM 40.52   15.2 2.66 1.24 3.10
APARTMENT INVESTMENT & MANAGEMENT 51.11   8.5 6.03 1.56 3.07
COLUMBIA BANKING SYSTEM 37.30   14.5 2.58 1.12 3.07
PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE 61.45   21.3 2.88 1.88 3.07
VAIL RESORTS 239.34   32.3 7.41 7.04 2.96
SIERRA BANCORP 26.85   12.7 2.12 0.76 2.95
EVANS BANCORP 36.40   0.0 0.00 1.04 2.93
AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES 209.53   31.6 6.62 6.08 2.89
ALLETE 87.19   22.9 3.80 2.35 2.76
NISOURCE 29.11   97.0 0.30 0.80 2.76
CORNING 30.25   18.6 1.63 0.80 2.74
COHEN & STEERS 54.76   21.7 2.52 1.44 2.73
FIRST DEFIANCE FINANCIAL 27.85   12.0 2.32 0.76 2.73
MAGNA INTERNATIONAL 54.06   6.9 7.80 1.46 2.73
OTTER TAIL 53.90   27.2 1.98 1.40 2.66
FIRST BUSINESS FINANCIAL SERVICES 23.58   9.5 2.48 0.60 2.61
INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES 39.01   12.2 3.20 1.00 2.57
PROLOGIS 84.04   31.2 2.69 2.12 2.55
DOUGLAS DYNAMICS 43.92   20.4 2.15 1.09 2.55
CYRUSONE 74.17   0.0 -0.69 2.00 2.53
HORACE MANN EDUCATORS 47.68   16.9 2.82 1.15 2.49
KAISER ALUMINUM 99.66   17.9 5.57 2.40 2.43
FIRST INDUSTRIAL REALTY TRUST 39.03   34.2 1.14 0.92 2.39
INDEPENDENT BANK 75.08   17.0 4.41 1.76 2.39
FIRST COMMUNITY 19.60   0.0 0.00 0.44 2.35
HOME DEPOT 233.80   23.3 10.04 5.44 2.33
LEAR 126.05   9.1 13.84 3.00 2.32
NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS 44.60   39.5 1.13 1.00 2.28
APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES 56.53   15.4 3.67 1.24 2.23
MILLER INDUSTRIES 33.99   10.0 3.41 0.72 2.22
ALASKA AIR GROUP 65.68   16.1 4.08 1.40 2.15
PEOPLES BANCORP OF NORTH CAROLINA 28.62   0.0 0.00 0.56 2.07
CARTER'S 96.84   15.9 6.08 2.00 2.06
DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP 116.25   19.7 5.90 2.32 2.00
ARTHUR J GALLAGHER 87.81   24.0 3.66 1.72 1.95
AVNET 44.78   28.7 1.56 0.84 1.90
ALLSTATE 106.58   14.0 7.64 2.00 1.89
MARCUS 35.08   23.4 1.50 0.64 1.86
NATIONAL SECURITY GROUP 10.87   0.0 0.00 0.20 1.84
ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL 58.25   36.9 1.58 1.08 1.79
NEXSTAR BROADCASTING GROUP 105.70   13.4 7.91 1.80 1.70
CSG SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL 53.41   23.0 2.32 0.89 1.69
OAK VALLEY BANCORP 16.77   0.0 0.00 0.27 1.65
ASSURED GUARANTY 45.31   10.8 4.21 0.72 1.60
HURCO 32.59   9.4 3.46 0.48 1.48
CME GROUP 205.38   40.1 5.12 3.00 1.46
GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR 37.30   25.9 1.44 0.54 1.44
BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON 70.55   23.4 3.02 0.92 1.34
FLIR SYSTEMS 52.45   26.0 2.02 0.68 1.31
BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT 53.61   18.4 2.92 0.64 1.22
FORRESTER RESEARCH 36.27   0.0 -0.15 0.20 1.15
ELBIT SYSTEMS 156.99   40.0 3.93 1.76 1.12
EQUIFAX 141.94   0.0 -3.49 1.56 1.11
FIRST SAVINGS FINANCIAL GROUP 59.65   0.0 0.00 0.64 1.08
DOMINO'S PIZZA 246.79   27.5 8.96 2.60 1.07
LEMAITRE VASCULAR 34.88   0.0 0.00 0.34 1.02
ITT 61.04   18.0 3.39 0.59 0.95
MOODY'S 212.98   33.1 6.43 2.00 0.95
EXPONENT 69.91   48.9 1.43 0.64 0.93
HILL-ROM 105.77   33.4 3.17 0.84 0.79
HUMANA 268.38   14.6 18.33 2.20 0.79
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD 55.45   25.3 2.19 0.37 0.66
MARKETAXESS 345.14   70.6 4.89 2.04 0.60
DANAHER 141.74   41.6 3.41 0.68 0.50
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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