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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 4.63   0.0 -6.79 1.52 30.96
CHICO'S FAS 3.49   58.2 0.06 0.35 10.06
EPR PROPERTIES 74.94   20.0 3.74 4.50 5.91
MOELIS & COMPANY 35.26   15.3 2.30 2.00 5.82
KOHL'S 49.84   10.4 4.79 2.68 5.50
MEDICAL PROPERTIES TRUST 17.86   6.6 2.71 1.00 5.40
ARMADA HOFFLER PROPERTIES 16.66   47.6 0.35 0.84 5.06
LAS VEGAS SANDS 64.73   33.0 1.96 3.08 4.87
BIG LOTS 24.19   6.9 3.50 1.20 4.85
ALEXANDER'S 378.50   32.1 11.80 18.00 4.76
LAMAR ADVERTISING 79.95   23.2 3.44 3.84 4.74
ESCALADE 11.78   0.0 0.00 0.50 4.35
NORTHWEST BANCSHARES 17.35   17.0 1.02 0.72 4.10
HARLEY-DAVIDSON 36.60   12.5 2.93 1.50 4.09
BOSTON PRIVATE FINANCIAL 11.56   12.4 0.93 0.48 4.06
INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES 23.69   14.8 1.60 0.94 3.95
HERITAGE COMMERCE CORP 12.04   13.7 0.88 0.48 3.93
PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL 102.09   11.9 8.57 4.00 3.90
FLUSHING FINANCIAL 22.00   12.4 1.78 0.84 3.74
FEDERAL AGRICULTURAL MORTGAGE 74.22   8.5 8.76 2.80 3.73
FIRST HORIZON NATIONAL 15.79   9.3 1.69 0.56 3.71
HANESBRANDS 16.93   11.1 1.52 0.60 3.66
EATON 81.15   16.1 5.03 2.84 3.50
EMCLAIRE FINANCIAL 35.39   0.0 0.00 1.16 3.32
PH GLATFELTER 16.42   0.0 -4.07 0.52 3.17
FIRST INTERSTATE BANCSYSTEM 38.56   13.7 2.81 1.24 3.15
CYRUSONE 58.08   129.1 0.45 1.84 3.12
PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE 60.51   19.5 3.11 1.88 3.10
VAIL RESORTS 232.25   31.3 7.41 7.04 3.09
COLUMBIA BANKING SYSTEM 35.62   14.6 2.44 1.12 3.08
MAGNA INTERNATIONAL 48.34   5.9 8.15 1.46 3.06
APARTMENT INVESTMENT & MANAGEMENT 51.46   9.1 5.65 1.56 3.02
FBL FINANCIAL GROUP 64.02   15.4 4.17 1.92 3.02
AVALONBAY COMMUNITIES 211.01   29.1 7.25 6.08 2.89
EVANS BANCORP 35.00   0.0 0.00 1.04 2.89
COHEN & STEERS 52.36   20.9 2.50 1.44 2.76
HORACE MANN EDUCATORS 41.60   57.8 0.72 1.15 2.75
FIRST DEFIANCE FINANCIAL 27.43   12.2 2.25 0.76 2.73
NISOURCE 29.14   0.0 -0.38 0.80 2.73
DOUGLAS DYNAMICS 39.96   20.4 1.96 1.09 2.72
ALLETE 86.73   23.1 3.75 2.35 2.71
OTTER TAIL 52.54   25.5 2.06 1.40 2.68
SIERRA BANCORP 26.38   12.7 2.07 0.72 2.67
PROLOGIS 81.46   30.1 2.71 2.12 2.65
INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES 36.80   11.4 3.23 1.00 2.64
KAISER ALUMINUM 96.17   17.1 5.61 2.40 2.55
HOME DEPOT 217.26   21.9 9.92 5.44 2.49
FIRST BUSINESS FINANCIAL SERVICES 23.85   11.3 2.11 0.60 2.46
FIRST INDUSTRIAL REALTY TRUST 37.45   31.5 1.19 0.92 2.46
CORNING 33.30   14.4 2.32 0.80 2.42
INDEPENDENT BANK 72.72   15.6 4.65 1.76 2.40
MILLER INDUSTRIES 31.45   10.0 3.14 0.72 2.32
NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS 42.98   37.7 1.14 1.00 2.32
FIRST COMMUNITY 19.28   0.0 0.00 0.44 2.24
LEAR 129.74   8.2 15.75 3.00 2.20
ALASKA AIR GROUP 65.41   18.5 3.53 1.40 2.18
CARTER'S 93.98   15.9 5.90 2.00 2.14
APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES 58.77   16.0 3.68 1.24 2.10
PEOPLES BANCORP OF NORTH CAROLINA 27.31   0.0 0.00 0.56 2.03
DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP 116.25   19.7 5.90 2.32 2.00
ALLSTATE 104.85   15.0 7.00 2.00 1.92
MARCUS 33.74   21.5 1.57 0.64 1.90
ARTHUR J GALLAGHER 92.19   24.9 3.70 1.72 1.87
AVNET 43.30   18.4 2.36 0.80 1.84
CSG SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL 48.93   22.4 2.18 0.89 1.82
NATIONAL SECURITY GROUP 11.58   0.0 0.00 0.20 1.80
ARGO GROUP INTERNATIONAL 58.25   36.9 1.58 1.08 1.79
ASSURED GUARANTY 43.91   12.6 3.49 0.72 1.65
NEXSTAR BROADCASTING GROUP 106.94   12.8 8.35 1.80 1.65
CME GROUP 203.52   38.0 5.35 3.00 1.45
OAK VALLEY BANCORP 19.51   0.0 0.00 0.27 1.40
HURCO 36.22   9.3 3.90 0.48 1.37
GILDAN ACTIVEWEAR 40.30   27.6 1.46 0.54 1.36
BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON 68.45   23.5 2.91 0.92 1.34
BROOKFIELD ASSET MANAGEMENT 48.67   15.3 3.18 0.64 1.30
FLIR SYSTEMS 54.04   24.7 2.19 0.68 1.24
LEMAITRE VASCULAR 29.69   0.0 0.00 0.34 1.17
EQUIFAX 137.42   0.0 -2.85 1.56 1.13
ELBIT SYSTEMS 157.85   32.5 4.86 1.76 1.13
FIRST SAVINGS FINANCIAL GROUP 59.96   0.0 0.00 0.64 1.08
EXPONENT 60.53   43.9 1.38 0.64 1.06
MOODY'S 204.98   30.4 6.75 2.00 0.97
DOMINO'S PIZZA 246.54   28.8 8.55 2.60 0.92
ITT 64.94   18.9 3.43 0.59 0.90
FORRESTER RESEARCH 48.42   242.1 0.20 0.40 0.84
HILL-ROM 106.32   31.6 3.36 0.84 0.81
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD 47.00   20.6 2.28 0.37 0.78
HUMANA 284.30   22.2 12.78 2.20 0.76
MARKETAXESS 363.18   77.4 4.69 2.04 0.57
DANAHER 139.83   41.2 3.39 0.68 0.49
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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