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New England Bancshares, Inc. Announces Cash Dividend

New England Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq GM: NEBS) announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend for the quarter ended June 30, 2011 of $0.03 per share. The cash dividend will be payable on September 16, 2011 to stockholders of record on August 26, 2011.... more

BusinessWireStock symbol(s): NEBS

The Wendy’s Company Announces Regular Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.02 Per Share

The Wendy’s Company (NYSE: WEN) announced the declaration of its regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share, payable on September 15, 2011 to stockholders of The Wendy’s Company of record as of September 1, 2011.... more

BusinessWireStock symbol(s): WEN

Will the Verizon Strike Hurt Your Dividends?

At issue, from the union's point of view, is 50 years of collective contract improvements. From Verizon's perspective, it's about the right to make cuts in a workforce that's undeniably on the outs. The two sides reportedly sit "far apart" on many issues, and this strike could last a while. For example, the unions are not interested in a contract modeled after "private, nonunion, low-wage jobs," Communications Workers of America Director Bob Master says. But Verizon counters that field technicians are very well-paid and enjoy a generous benefits package to boot. Shouldn't the company be allowed to tie raises to job performance and get some help with those expensive health-plan premiums? Oh, and a couple of holidays the union enjoys seem... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): VZ,S,T,WIN,CTL,ERIC,FTR

What You Need to Know About Annaly Capital

Mortgage real estate investment trusts issue shares to investors to raise capital, which they use to buy mortgage-backed securities. They also use short-term financing to boost their returns. They repay lenders out of the mortgage payments they collect, and most of the rest is returned to shareholders in dividends. Here's a simple visualization:... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): NLY,AGNC,CIM,CYS

5 Safe Dividend Plays

The market has lost 10% of its value over the past few weeks as fears about slow growth in domestic and international economies have grown. Many individuals have gotten fearful of investing and are looking for safe assets. Investors looking for safety who want to own stocks should look for companies with good earnings and solid dividends. Here is a list of stocks with strong balance sheets and whose shares can withstand a further market drop.Intel (INTC) has been an undervalued stock for quite some time now. Intel’s shares have traded between the teens and the upper 20s for the last few years. The chipmaker’s shares have taken a nose dive over the past two weeks and the company’s yield has risen. Intel’s 84 cent dividend is looking more attractive as the stock... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ADP,INTC,PEP,WM,WMT

PartnerRe Declares Dividends on Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares and Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares

PartnerRe Ltd. (NYSE, Euronext: PRE) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend for the period June 1, 2011 - August 31, 2011 of $0.421875 per share on the Company's 6.75% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares, and $0.40625 per share on the Company's 6.5% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares. In addition, the Board of Directors has declared a dividend for the period June 15, 2011 - August 31, 2011 of $0.38264 per share on the Company's 7.25% Series E Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Shares. The dividends are payable on September 1, 2011, to shareholders of record on August 19, 2011.... more


6 Dividend Champions With Bullish Options Sentiment

If you feel more confident about a dividend yield when you know that the company has maintained or increased their dividend for many years, you may be interested in this list.We ran a screen on “dividend champions,” companies that have consistently increased their dividend over the past 25 years. We screened these companies for those that have seen significant decreases in their put/call ratio over the last ten trading days (a bullish change in sentiment).Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.Your browser does not support iframes.We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CSL,DCI,LOW,SHW,TGT,XOM

12 Dividend Stocks Raising Distributions Despite Recession Fears

Over the past week, the buy and hold mentality of every investor was tested by the precipitous declines in major stock market indexes. Despite the facts that US corporations are sitting on a record pile of cash, that corporate profits are increasing and that stocks are trading at a fairly cheap multiple based off historical valuations, investors are fleeing the market and going into fixed income securities. Yet, despite all the gloom in the markets, there were several companies which chose to ignore the fear of another recession. These corporations showed their bullishness in their businesses by approving higher dividend payments to shareholders. The companies announcing dividend increases over the past week include: Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) manufactures a range of industrial... more

iStockAnalystStock symbol(s): BWP,CSL,DOV,EML,HGIC,HWKN,ITW,MON,STE,WTR

4 Dividend Stocks Showing You the Money

Readers of the Income Investor newsletter can certainly appreciate that kind of thinking. Let's take a closer look at some of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week. Let's start with Six Flags (NYSE: SIX) . The regional amusement park operator doubled its quarterly dividend to $0.06 a share. Six Flags emerged from bankruptcy last year with a cleaner balance sheet, new management, and apparently an interest in attracting income investors. Rival Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN) -- no stranger to chunky yields in the past -- also juiced up its distributions.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): BIP,CF,SIX,WTR,FUN,HOMB,MON

30 Companies Nearing a Decade of Dividend Growth

Depending on your frame of reference, 10 years can be a long time, or just a flash. For some dividend investors, it's usually seen as a flash - the absolute minimum amount of years a company must consistently raise dividends before they are willing to buy in. There's no defining reason for this number - 10 years is simply comfortable and round, and just feels more right than say, 9 years. Still, a 10 year streak of raising dividends is a good yardstick with which to measure management's intentions. Anyone can raise a dividend for a year or two, but 10 years? That shows a commitment to increasing the income of your investors. A 10 year period is enough time for any company to hit at least a few bumps in the road. If they have continued to increase payouts, there's a good... more