Daily dividend news for investors in dividend stocks

BCE (BCE) Increases Annual Dividend 7.7% to $1.97; Makes $750M Pension Contribution

BCE Inc. (NYSE: BCE) has declared a 7.7% increase to their annual dividend. The new rate is $1.97. The dividend is payable on April 15, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2011. The ex-dividend date is March 11, 2011. The company also announced that they have made a $750 million contribution to Bell Canada's defined benefit pension plan from cash on hand.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): BCE

Occidental (OXY) Divests Argentine Assets; to Buy Oil, Gas Operations in Texas, North Dakota for $3.2B; Raises Qtr. Dividend by 21% to 46c/Share

Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY) announces that it will divest its oil and gas operations in Argentina to a subsidiary of China Petrochemical Corp. for after-tax proceeds of about $2.5 billion. The company entered into an agreement to purchase oil and gas operations in South Texas and North Dakota for about $3.2 billion. Occidental also announced that it will increase its General Partner ownership in Plains Al-American (NYSE: PAA) to about 35%, and to acquire the remaining 50% joint venture interest in Elk Hills Power Plant. Occidental will also raise its quarterly dividend by 21% to from 38c to 46c per common share. Based on yesterday's closing price of $91.07, the dividend yield moves from 1.67% to 2.02%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): PAA

McGrath RentCorp (MGRC) Declares $0.225 Quarterly Dividend; 3.2% Yield

McGrath RentCorp (Nasdaq: MGRC), a diversified business to business rental company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.225 per common share, $0.90 annualized. The dividend will be payable on January 31, 2011 to all shareholders of record on January 17, 2011. The ex-dividend date is January 13, 2011. Yield on the dividend is 3.2%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): MGRC

Douglas Dynamics (PLOW) Declares $0.20 Quarterly Dividend; 5.4% Yield

Douglas Dynamics, Inc. (NYSE: PLOW) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per common share, $0.80 annualized. The declared $0.20 per share cash dividend will be paid on December 31, 2010 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 21, 2010. The ex-dividend date is December 17, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 5.4%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): PLOW

VeriSign (VRSN) Declares $3.00 Special Dividend; 8.6% Yield

VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) has declared a special dividend of $3.00 per share of its common stock. The special dividend will be paid on December 28, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 20, 2010. The ex-dividend date is December 16, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 8.6%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): VRSN

Waste Management: Dividend Stock Analysis

Waste Management, Inc. (WM) provides integrated waste management services in North America. The company offers collection, transfer, recycling, disposal, and waste-to-energy services. This dividend challenger has increased distributions for the past 7 years in a row. The latest dividend increase was in December 2009, when the company raised distributions by 8.60% to 31.50 cents/share.Over the past decade this dividend growth stock has delivered an annualized total return of 8.20% to its shareholders.The company has managed to deliver increase in its EPS from a deficit of $0.16/share in 2000 to a profit of $2.01 in 2009. Analysts expect Waste Management to earn $2.05 per share in 2010 and $2.30/share in 2011.The company is a leader in waste management in the US. The waste the consumers... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): WM

15 Stocks Growing Their Cash Dividends

Throughout history there have always been great companies that stand head-and-shoulders above their peers and the competition. They are loved by their shareholders, hated by the competition and known by all. Just as all great companies have have something in common, great dividend companies also have something in common – they consistently raise their dividends each year.... more


Highest Yielding, Highest Momentum Dividend Champions

I have recently begun using DRIP Investing's US Dividend Champions list to identify potential high yield equities. My site tends to focus on price momentum strategies for picking ETFs and stocks. For those investors who want to combine active stock management and momentum/technical strategies with reliable dividend paying stocks, the US Dividend Champions list is a great place to start since it is a list of stocks with a history of raising dividends for at least 25 years. Combining the Dividend Champions list with a basic price momentum strategy yields some potential portfolio candidates. I previously detailed a study showing that among the S&P 1500 the high yielding, highest price momentum stocks produce greater returns that lower yielding, lower price momentum stocks. Specifically,... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CINF,CTL,CTWS,ED,GPC,MGEE,MO,MSA,MSEX,STR

3 Consumer Goods Dividend Stocks With High Options Yields

This week we looked for undervalued dividend paying stocks in the Paper & Paper Products Industry, an industry which should benefit in the near term from an improved demand and reduced supply. We screened for dividend stocks with strong ROE, EPS growth -(historic and projected), low short ratios, and high options yields, among many other metrics. We came up with these 3 stocks, which aren't the highest dividend stocks around, but they do offer attractive options yields, which are listed further down in this article.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): GLT,NP,TIN

Diamond Hill Financial Trends (DHFT) Declares $0.04 Quarterly Dividend; 1.7% Yield

Diamond Hill Financial Trends Fund, Inc. (Nasdaq: DHFT) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.04 per share, $0.16 annualized. The dividend is payable December 27, 2010, to shareholders of record as of December 20, 2010. The ex-dividend date is December 16, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.7%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): DHFT