Daily dividend news for investors in dividend stocks

Kohlberg Capital (KCAP) Declares $0.17 Quarterly Dividend; 14.1% Yield

Kohlberg Capital Corporation (Nasdaq: KCAP) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.17 per share on shares of its common stock, or $0.68 annualized. The dividend is payable on July 29, 2010 to shareholders of record as of July 7, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 5, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 14.1%... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): KCAP

Glatfelter (GLT) Declares $0.09 Quarterly Dividend; 3.1% Yield

Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced that its Board of Directors declared a $0.09 per share cash dividend on its outstanding common stock, or $0.36 annualized. The dividend is payable on August 2, 2010, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 6, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 2, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.1%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): GLT

EPIQ Systems (EPIQ) Authorizes $35M Buyback; Declares $0.035/Share Qtr. Dividend

EPIQ Systems (Nasdaq: EPIQ) announces a $35 million buyback and declares a quarterly dividend of $0.035 per share.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): EPIQ

Dividend Stocks: The Seven Percent Solution

For new dividend investors, trying to select which stocks to invest in can be a daunting task. At last check, there were over 3,000 stocks offering dividends of some shape or size. These can range from miniscule dividends like Bank of America’s (BAC) current $.01 per share quarterly dividend, to stocks offering double digit dividend yields like Annaly Capital Management.Given the wide range of investment choices, it’s hard to know which dividend stocks are the best value.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): MO,SDRL,T

Abbott Laboratories: A Dividend Aristocrat on Sale

Very few companies can match the consistent operating record of Abbott Laboratories (ABT). For more than 120 years, Abbott has demonstrated a durable and sustainable record as a growth company. As a broad-based healthcare company their diversified business strategy has enabled them to consistently generate top-tier performance versus their peers.For calendar 2009, Abbott was once again named to the Standard & Poor's 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index, a feat only 10% of S&P 500 companies have achieved. In February of 2010 Abbott increased their dividend by 11%. This marked the 37th consecutive year of rising dividends, and the 344th consecutive quarterly dividend. On June 11, 2010 they announced another dividend of $0.44, marking the 38th year of increase and the 346 consecutive dividend... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ABT

Dividend Investing Myths

Many investors ignore dividend investing, because they associate them with boring unexciting investments which are destined to fall into oblivion.Some investors believe that rather than wait for a whole year to collect a 3%-4% dividend, you could make 3-4 % per day in the market trading volatile technology stocks. The fact of the matter is that few if any investors could accurately forecast stock market moves in order to profit from large daily swings in some of the most volatile stocks in the market today. Dividend payments on the other hand are much less volatile than stock prices, which is what makes them ideal for investors who plan to live off their investments. The stability of the payments makes them a reliable source of income in virtually any market, without having to sell a... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ABT,ACAS,BAC,C,CLX,JNJ,T,VZ,WMT

Regulated Utilities: High-Yielding, Low-Priced Stocks

Big American utilities pay big dividends, some as high as 8% among regulated utilities, and right now they're as cheap, relative to the bond market, as they've been in about a quarter century. If you like investments as income, few people who know the utilities equities better than Morgan Stanley Analyst Greg Gordon. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Greg eloquently and frankly explains the utilities market and offers some picks in the regulated utilities space. Part II will focus on Greg's picks among the deregulated utilities. The Energy Report: Greg, please give our readers an overview of the market for big utilities in the US.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): AEP,CMS,ED,ETR,EXC,IDU,NVE,PCG,PGN,SO

Bagging Bumper Dividends After BP

As you're no doubt aware, 2010 has been an annus horribilus for giant oil producer BP (NYSE: BP). With BP under sustained regulatory and political assault from the U.S. since the tragic accident at its Macondo deep-sea oil well on 20 April, its share price has almost halved. Since April 16, BP shares have crashed 47%. This has sliced close to £60 billion from its market cap and 200 points (4%) from the FTSE 100 index. No BP dividends this year ... BP has agreed to set up a $20 billion (£13.6 billion) escrow account to fund environmental and other claims arising from the Macondo oil spill. In order to pay for this fund, BP's directors have decided to suspend quarterly dividends, including the U.S. $0.14 which was due paid to be yesterday (June 21). In effect, BP's owners -- 39%... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): AV,BP,GSK,NGG,RDS-B,VOD

6 Dividend Aristocrat Stocks to Consider

In a continued effort to expand the focus of my site's screens and hypothetical portfolios, this article is a second follow-up to an article written in early April focusing on the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats. The S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index measures the performance of large cap, blue chip companies within the S&P 500 that have followed a policy of increasing dividends every year for at least 25 consecutive years. The current list has 43 constituents and the entire list is available from S&P or on my site. If an investor's portfolio was large enough he or she could consider purchasing the entire list.Alternatively, an investor could invest in the [[SDY]], the SPDR Dividend ETF, which is a variation of the Aristocrats - it seeks to replicate the “High Yield” Dividend Aristocrats... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ABT,JNJ,KO,LLY,MCD,MHP,SDY

Lincare Holdings: New Dividend Is a Breath of Fresh Air

On Monday afternoon, Lincare Holdings (LNCR) announced that they will begin disbursing some of their cash to shareholders in the form of a 20 cent regular quarterly dividend. The Clearwater, FL company’s primary business is supplying oxygen therapy services and other medical equipment/supplies to mostly elderly patients. The company provides its services to over 750,000 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases such as asthma or emphysema. The company has been on an absolute tear over the last twelve months advancing nearly 130%, and a 3:2 split just took effect last week. The stock has extended that momentum rising 7.5% on heavy volume following the dividend initiation. Lincare received an upgrade from analysts at Deutsche Bank today, and certainly this will make the stock... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): LNCR