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Ameriana Bancorp (ASBI) Declares $0.01 Quarterly Dividend; 1% Yield

Ameriana Bancorp (Nasdaq: ASBI), today announced that the Company's Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.01 per share, $0.04 annualized. The quarterly dividend is payable on October 29, 2010, to shareholders of record as of October 8, 2010. The ex-dividend date is October 6, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.0%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): ASBI

Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) Tops Q1 EPS by 20c, Announces $0.67/Sh Qtr Dividend

Cal-Maine Foods (Nasdaq: CALM) reports Q1 EPS of $0.20, 26 cents better than the analyst estimate of ($0.06). Revenue for the quarter was $190.4 million, which compares to the estimate of $191.97 million. Cal-Maine also announced a Q1 cash dividend of approximately $0.067 per share to holders of its common and Class A common stock. The amount paid could vary slightly based on the amount of outstanding shares on the record date. The dividend is payable November 11, 2010, to shareholders of record on October 27, 2010. The ex-dividend date is October 25.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): CALM

Four Stocks Going Ex-Dividend First Week of October

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends'. This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend. This technique generally works only in bull markets. In flat or choppy markets, your have to be extremely careful. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable Excel list of the stocks going ex dividend during the next week or two. The list contains many dividend paying companies, all with market caps... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): BDN,BNS,CBK,JCP

26 Conservative Dividend Stocks That Should Beat Bonds

There has been a lot of debate recently about the implications of "cheap dividend payers." I first wrote about the gift the market was offering this summer (maybe a bit early), arguing that Dividend Payers are likely to beat Bonds. I gave some scenario analysis that showed over longer time-frames, Dividend Payers had very little chance of underperforming intermediate-term bonds. Here is the graphic I shared at the time (click to enlarge):... more


Dividend Growth Stocks You Need

Academic evidence shows that dividend stocks outperform. But companies that have raised their dividends do especially well -- and companies that are about to raise their dividends do better still. Find these the hard way, by sweating through financial statements and guessing who'll raise next, or take Motley Fool Income Investor advisor James Early's suggestion: Simply find consistent raisers and latch on. Your options, Fool, are many: Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), 3M (NYSE: MMM), and Cincinnati Financial (Nasdaq: CINF) have raised payouts for 50 years or more. A newer -- but still consistent -- company is Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP).... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): MMP,PG,CINF,MMM

Top 10 Dividend Stocks Indicate Overall Sentiment Is Improving

Our Dividend Watch List has been reduced from 51 companies on September 10, 2010 to 31 companies as of September 23, 2010. This could be an indication that overall sentiment is improving. The complete list of companies can be found here.As always, we revisit the previous list for the best and worst performing stocks from our Dividend Watch List. The best performing stock was National Fuel Gas (NFG) which rose 12.9% in two weeks. The biggest decline was Carlisle (CSL) which fell 5.2%.... more


9 Companies Likely to Boost Dividends in October

One nice thing about compiling the Dividend Champions list of companies that have paid higher dividends for at least 25 straight years (which can be found here) is that I get to see which companies are nearing the anniversaries of their previous dividend increases. Since most of these firms raise their payout about the same time every year, we can say with some confidence that they are likely to do so again.Consequently, I'm expecting the following companies to announce dividend increases in the month of October. (Dates in parentheses are the Ex-Dividend Dates of last year's increases).... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ACN,ATNI,BMRC,CLC,EV,MATW,NWN,RPM,WST

Dusty Dividend Stocks: Replace Consolidated Edison With ONEOK

In the "Dividend Alternatives" series, I suggest replacements for the stodgy old dividend stocks investors may have collecting dust in their portfolios. Today, I take aim at Consolidated Edison (ED). Consolidated Edison has been providing utilities to New Yorkers for more than 180 years. The company has increased its dividend every year since 1974, making it a Dividend Aristocrat and somewhat of a darling among income investors. Unfortunately, Consolidated Edison's celebrated tradition of issuing dividend hikes has one major flaw: The increases are miniscule! The company has raised its dividend rate by a total of just 9.17% since 2000, and shareholders haven't seen a raise of more than 3% since 1994.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): ED,OKE

A Natural Gas Stock With a High Dividend, Revisited

On April 1st, 2010 I urged my readers to buy a natural gas company paying a 10.4% dividend. At the time, natural gas prices were near their year-to-date lows. Today, prices are off of their lows and my favorite natural gas investment is still relatively inexpensive.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): HGT,XOM

The Right Buys for Dividend Investors

Investors have discovered the appeal of dividend stocks in a big way lately. But before you go off and pick a dividend ETF to do your investing for you, make sure you know what you're getting into. If you're not careful, you could fall into some traps that you may regret down the road. One-stop shopAs dividend investing has become more popular, it's only natural that the ETF industry has responded by developing products that would meet investor demand for investments that hold dividend stocks. You can find dozens of ETFs that cater to dividend investors.... more

The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): DLN,DVY,PFM,SDY,STT,VIG,VYM