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Communications, Basic Materials, And Technology Lead in Dividend Increases

We are already one month after the first Quarter (ending March 30th). This is usually when the financial results come in and the sector reviews are published. We have been receiving great news from the stock markets since mid April. Companies such as DuPont (DD), MacDonaldís (MCD), Celestica (CLS), Xerox (XRX), Apple (AAPL), General Electric (GE) (and more) are reporting increased revenues and profits. On the other hand, companies such as Morgan Stanley (MS), Kimberly-Clark (KMB), RadioShack (RSH), and Nintendo (NTDOF.PK) have unveiled disappointing results. But what is happening in the Dividend world? Are dividend stocks increasing their dividend payouts again? Letís take a look at the dividend by sector quarterly review: Dividend Review Q1 2010 vs Q1 2011 There is definitely a wind... more

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Dividend Scan: RBC, GIM, FMO, WTR, CNX, MAC

Amidst the positive movement of the U.S. market, several companies declared their quarterly dividend. Some notable dividend payers are discussed here. Regal Beloit Corp. (NYSE: RBC) shares added 0.34 percent, or 26 cents, to trade at $76.05 as it declared a quarterly dividend of 18 cents per share, payable on July 15, 2011 to shareholders of record on July 1, 2011. Templeton Global Income Fund Inc. (NYSE: GIM) shares were up 0.27 percent, or 3 cents, to trade at $10.98 as the company announced a regular monthly dividend of $0.045 per share. The dividend is payable on May 31, 2011 to shareholders of record on May 16, 2011. Fiduciary/Claymore MLP Opportunity Fund (NYSE: FMO) shares were down 0.51 percent, or 12 cents, to trade at $23.21 despite declaring a quarterly dividend of... more

iStockAnalystStock symbol(s): CNX,MAC,RBC,WTR

The Most Promising Dividends in Smaller Asset Managers

Yields and growth rates and payout ratios, oh my! Before we get to the companies, though, you should understand just why you'd want to own dividend payers. These stocks can contribute a huge chunk of growth to your portfolio in good times, and bolster it during market downturns. As my colleague Matt Koppenheffer has noted: "Between 2000 and 2009, the average dividend-adjusted return on stocks with market caps above $5 billion and a trailing yield of 2.5% or better was a whopping 114%. Compare that to a 19% drop for the S&P 500."... more

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A Record Number Of Consistent Dividend Companies Raising Distributions

There was a record number of consistent dividend payers, which announced dividend increases over the past week. As a result, in order to make this information more readable, I have segregated the stocks that raised distributions in four groups: dividend champions, dividend achievers, potential dividend achievers and master limited partnerships. Dividend Champions Dividend champions are companies which have raised distributions for over twenty-five consecutive years. You could read my review of the dividend champions here. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics. Johnson... more


Webster Financial Corp. (NYSE: WBS) - Another Bank Raises Dividend

The latest in a string of banks to increase its quarterly payout to shareholders, Waterbury Connecticut-based Webster Financial Corp. (NYSE: WBS), the holding company for Webster Bank N.A., raised its quarterly cash dividend to $0.05 per share on its common stock, from the previous dividend of $0.01 per share. James C. Smith, Webster's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "Giving consideration to Webster's strong capital position and consistently improving operating performance, the board is pleased to announce an increase in the cash dividend. †The board will consider further increases in the dividend based on future performance and capital needs." The dividend on the common shares will be payable on May 23, 2011, to shareholders of record on May 9, 2011. Webster... more

iStockAnalystStock symbol(s): AXP,BBT,GS,JPM,USB,WBS,WFC

The 5 Highest Dividend Paying Stocks In the Healthcare Sector

Healthcare stocks spent a good share of 2010 in the red, largely due to concerns over the healthcare legislation passed last year. However, that sentiment seems to have changed in 2011. Take a look at the 2011 sector gains in this table: We screened for the top Healthcare dividend paying stocks with good ROE and low short interest, and came up with these 5 stocks: (Click chart to expand) In terms of market cap, it's a mixed bag, ranging from micro caps Psychemedics (PMD) and Daxor (DXR), to large cap Pharma firms Astra Zeneca (AZN) and Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK). Daxor has the highest dividend yield, but has decreased its dividend payouts over the past 3 years, from $1.50 to $1.35 to $1.00. Also, its labs show operating losses, and the firm depends upon earning profits via sales of its... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AZN,DXR,GSK,PMD,SHMR

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 Coach (NYSE: COH) . The maker of designer handbags and other stylish accessories wants to put a little more pocket change into those purses. Coach is boosting its dividend by 50% to an annual rate of $0.90 a share.... more

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15 Special Dividend Stocks With Low PE Ratios and Excellent Track Records

In our recent study we have shown that the average return of high dividend yielding stocks was 13.04% between 1927 and 2009. We compiled a list of 15 companies with low PE ratios that also pay fat dividend checks regularly. All companies in this list have a market capitalization above $500 million, P/E ratio lower than 12 and dividend yield of at least 3.4%. These 15 stocks returned 21% (including dividends) during the past 12 months beating government bonds by a large margin. Stock Yield (%) Recent Price (USD) Dividend (USD) 2008 2009 2010 1. Alliance Resource Partners, LP (ARLP): 4.4% 82.4 2.53 2.95 3.21 2. Exelon Corporation (EXC): 5.1% 42.2 2.03 2.10 2.10 3.Lockheed Martin (LMT): 3.8% 79.3 1.83 2.34 2.64 4. Maiden Holdings (MHLD): 3.8% 7.5 0.16 ... more


7 Dividend Paying ADRs Worth Considering

International trade is as old as trade itself. It is widely accepted that a diversified portfolio should have some exposure to the international markets. There are three ways to gain this exposure. Perhaps the easiest is to invest in American companies with extensive business overseas. The trouble with this method is that the investor cannot focus on particular markets or areas of the world. The second method is the most difficult; it is the direct purchase of stock on foreign exchanges. The third method is to purchase American Depository Receipts (ADR) of foreign companies. A negotiable certificate issued by a U.S. bank representing a specified number of shares (or one share) in a foreign stock that is traded on a U.S. exchange. ADRs are denominated in U.S. dollars, with the... more

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Balancing Risk and Growth When Looking for Basic Materials Dividend Stocks

Basic materials are hot right now. With oil prices rising past $110 a barrel, copper setting all time highs, and steel close to its 2008 peaks, many investors are scouring the markets for good investment opportunities. Some investors look at basic materials as good dividend stocks - strong consistent dividends; however, it can often result in simply chasing the highest yield.One can always ask the questions, 'is this a high dividend yield because it has strong earnings and good prospects or is it a high yield because the price is in decline due to fundamental questions about the company'. Finding a 5% dividend yield only to have the stock drop 10% in price is not very useful. When looking at investment opportunities it is important to dig a little deeper to understand the... more