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Benchmarking Dividend Income


The investment returns of most fund managers are generally compared against a common benchmark. This provides for an objective evaluation of their performance over a period of time. A common benchmark for most mutual fund managers is the total returns of the S&P 500 index. This benchmark is also useful for comparison to dividend investors as well. For many long-term dividend investors however, income growth is very important as well. Thus having an increase or decrease in dividend incomes does not mean much, unless it is being compared to a common benchmark. While there have been several dividend indexes such as the Dividend Aristocrats and the Dividend Achievers, which have dividend ETFs that provide accurate information on dividend and price returns, these have not been around as much... more


SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): IBM,JNJ,PG,T,XOM

General Mills Ups Dividend, Authorizes Share Repurchase

The Board of Directors of General Mills Inc. (GIS) announced a new share repurchase program and increase in dividend. General Mills received an authorization from its Board to repurchase about 100 million shares. The new program replaces the previous authorization approved in December 2006, and has no expiration date. During the first nine months of fiscal 2010, General Mills repurchased 5.5 million of the company's shares at a price of $58.49 per share.... more


SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): GIS

Pathfinder Bancorp (PBHC) Declares $0.03 Quarterly Dividend; 2% Yield

Pathfinder Bancorp, Inc., the mid-tier holding company of Pathfinder Bank (Nasdaq: PBHC) has announced that the Company has declared a cash dividend of $0.03 per share on the Company's common stock, or $0.12 annualized. The dividend will be payable to all shareholders of record on July 15, 2010 and will be paid on August 2, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 29, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 2%.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): PBHC

RGC Resources (RGCO) Declares $0.33 Quarterly Dividend; 4.2% Yield

RGC Resources, Inc. (Nasdaq: RGCO), at its meeting on June 28, 2010, declared a quarterly dividend of $0.33 per share, or $1.32 annualized. The dividend will be paid on August 1, 2010 to shareholders of record on July 16, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 14, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 4.2%.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): RGCO

Williams Controls (WMCO) Declares $1.00 Cash Dividend

Williams Controls, Inc. (Nasdaq: WMCO) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $1.00 per share on the Company's outstanding common shares, payable on July 28, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 14, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 12, 2010. The Company has not yet determined whether, or to what extent, this distribution would be taxable as a dividend or be treated as a return of capital.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): WMCO

MSC Industrial (MSM) Increases Quarterly Dividend 10% to $0.22; Yields 1.7%

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. (NYSE: MSM) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.22 per share, or $0.88 annualized. The dividend is an increase of $0.02 per share in the regular quarterly dividend. The $0.22 dividend is payable on July 27, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 13, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 9, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.8%.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): MSM

National Grid: Utility Stock at Great Value With Big Dividend

National Grid (NGG) is a gas utility, which is based in the United Kingdom but also offers electricity in the northeastern United States. Its shares were cut in half, reduced from a high of $65 in 2007 to $30 in early 2009. The shares are now trading at only $38.30, with recent volume indicating that money is flowing into the name. As for the fundamentals, the shares trade 8.9X earnings, 3X book value, and 8.4X cash value ($3B+ cash on hand). Among all gas utilities, National Grid has the top Return on Equity (ROE) and one of the top operating margins. National Grid offers a 7.62% dividend yield in an industry known for a safe haven investment, but ranks highest among the gas utilities in terms of yield.... more


SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): NGG

Camden National Corp. (CNC) Declares $0.25 Quarterly Dividend; 3.6% Yield

Camden National Corporation (Nasdaq: CAC) announced today that the Board of Directors of the Company declared a $0.25 per share dividend, or $1.00 annualized. The dividend is payable on July 30, 2010 for shareholders of record on July 16, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 14, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3.6%.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): CAC

Jinpan Int'l (JST) Sets Payment Date for Second Part of Annual Dividend

Jinpan International Ltd. (Nasdaq: JST) today announced the date in which the Company will pay the second portion of its annual dividend payment. In January 2010, the Company announced an annual dividend of $0.14 per common share, half of which was payable to shareholders in February 2010. The second half, or $0.07, of this annual dividend payment will be payable on July 20, 2010 to shareholders of record as of July 8, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 6, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1%. The dividend is a 17% increase over the prior annual dividend of $0.12.... more


StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): JST

6 Dividend Divas

With uncertainty surrounding the durability of the economic recovery and the impact of the European debt crisis on the U.S., volatility is back in full force. Given the uncertainty and, thus, volatility, it's important to have dependable income streams from dividend-paying stocks to steady your portfolio. Stocks such as Cellcom Israel (NYSE: CEL) and Verizon Communications, which yield 11.8% and 6.7%, respectively, can give you a more stable return in a volatile market.... more


The Motley FoolStock symbol(s): CEL,VZ,NHI,OHI,RDS-A,SCCO