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27 Dividend Increases: February 12-16, 2018 (Part 2: Financials, Consumer Discretionary, And Real Estate Stocks)

Published Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:01:52 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch is one way to identify candidates for further analysis. I look for announcements from stocks in the CCC list, but I use several screens to limit the number of stocks to monitor:
Market cap ≥ $500M No stocks that are being acquired No over-the-counter or pink sheet stocks Dividend Yield ≥ 2% for Challengers Dividend Yield ≥ 1.5% for Contenders and Champions In the past week, 27 companies on my watch list decided to increase their dividends, including four of the stocks I hold in my portfolio.
Part 1 presented dividend increases of stocks in the Industrials and Information Technology sectors. This is Part 2, which covers dividend increase announcements from stocks in the Financials, Consumer Discretionary, and Real Estate sectors. See the upcoming Part 3 for a summary of dividend increases from stocks in the remaining sectors.
The table is sorted by the percentage increase, %Incr. Dividends are annualized and in US$, unless otherwise indicated. Yield is the new dividend yield for the market close Price on the date listed. Yrs are years of consecutive dividend increases, while 5-yr DGR is the compound annual growth rate of the dividend over a 5-year period. 1-yr %Incr is the percentage increase from the year-ago dividend. (Some companies increase their dividends more than once a year, so this puts the most recent dividend increase in context).
Summary of Dividend Increases: February 12-16, 2018

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Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
NATIONAL HEALTH INVESTORS 82.87   23.1 3.59 4.20 5.14
INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES 21.11   12.7 1.66 0.94 4.35
AUTOLIV 79.38   28.2 2.82 2.48 3.13
T. ROWE PRICE GROUP 118.12   14.9 7.95 3.04 2.58
LEAR 126.05   9.1 13.84 3.00 2.32
WENDY'S 19.65   10.0 1.96 0.40 2.03
RENAISSANCERE 187.30   13.9 13.50 1.36 0.72
GUARANTY BANCORP 20.75   0.0 0.00 0.00 0.00


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