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Dividend Increases: February 18-22, 2019 (Part 2: Real Estate And Utilities Sectors)

Published Mon, 25 Feb 2019 08:30:00 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

One way to identify dividend growth stocks for further analysis is to monitor dividend increases. Companies that regularly increase dividends show confidence in the potential growth of future earnings.
I look for dividend increase announcements for stocks in the CCC List, but I use several screens to limit the number of stocks to monitor:
Dividend Yield ≥ 1.0% Market cap ≥ $1 billion No stocks that are being acquired No Over-The-Counter or Pink Sheet stocks In the last week, 27 companies that announced dividend increases passed these screens.
The following table provides a summary of increases announced for stocks in the Real Estate and Utilities sectors. See Part 1 for a summary of dividend increases of stocks in the Communication Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors. The upcoming Part 3 will cover the remaining sectors.
The table is sorted by the percentage increase, %Incr. Dividends are annualized and in US$, 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 18-22, 2019

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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
RETAIL OPPORTUNITY INVESTMENTS 18.42   46.0 0.40 0.79 4.25
DIGITAL REALTY 126.53   116.1 1.09 4.32 3.38
PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE 61.45   21.3 2.88 1.88 3.07
SEMPRA ENERGY 143.66   20.9 6.87 3.87 2.73
XCEL ENERGY 63.07   25.7 2.45 1.62 2.57
PROLOGIS 84.04   31.2 2.69 2.12 2.55
ESSEX PROPERTY TRUST 324.02   52.2 6.21 7.80 2.43


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