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Why Big Dividends Are Bad News

Amid the generally gloomy mood in the financial markets, many dividend investors have never been happier. With many companies boosting their dividend payouts in recent months, shareholders have reason to celebrate. But higher dividend payments could actually be a bad sign for the overall economy. New dividend payers Most investors see dividend stocks as conservative, slow-growth stalwarts, and with good reason. Southern Company (NYSE: SO), for instance, pays investors handsomely, but its future profit potential is largely limited by regulators. Regulation can also cover major capital investments, so utilities don’t necessarily have the freedom to plow profits back into its business, even if they thought doing so would improve profits.... more

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Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-A) Shareholders Approve the Scrip Dividend Scheme

At the 2010 Annual General Meeting of Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE: RDS-A)(NYSE: RDS-B), shareholders approved a resolution authorizing the Directors to offer ordinary shareholders (excluding any shareholder holding shares as treasury shares) the right to choose to receive extra ordinary shares instead of some or all of the cash dividend or dividends which may be declared or paid at any time after the date of that meeting and prior to May 18, 2015. Shareholders are hereby advised that the Scrip Dividend Scheme will not be implemented for any dividend declared and paid by the Company in respect of the second quarter 2010 financial results. The Company will advise separately of any future implementation of the Scrip Dividend Scheme.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): RDS-A,RDS-B

Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) Declares $0.15 Quarterly Dividend; 1.7% Yield

Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (Nasdaq: OZRK) announced its Board of Directors has approved its regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share, or $0.60 annualized. The dividend is payable July 23, 2010 to shareholders of record as of July 16, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 14, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.7%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): OZRK

Banner Corp. (BANR) Declares $0.01 Quarterly Dividend; 2% Yield

Banner Corporation (Nasdaq: BANR) today announced its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.01 per share, or $0.04 annualized. The dividend is payable July 19, 2010, to common shareholders of record on July 12, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 8, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 2%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): BANR

Government Properties Income Trust (GOV) Increases Quarterly Dividend 2.5% to $0.41; Yields 6.3%

Government Properties Income Trust (NYSE: GOV) has raised its quarterly common share distribution to $0.41 per share ($1.64 per share per year). GOV completed its initial public offering, or IPO, in June 2009 and it has paid dividends at the rate of $0.40 per share per quarter ($1.60 per share per year) since its IPO. This distribution of $0.41 per share will be paid to GOV's common shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 16, 2010 and distributed on or about August 16, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 14, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 6.3%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): GOV

McDonald's Corporation: A Must Own Dividend Stock

McDonald's Corporation (MCD), together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants in the food service industry worldwide. The company's share of the US fast food market is several times larger than its closest competitors, Burger King (BKC) and Wendy's (WEN). McDonald's is a major component of the S&P 500 and Dow Industrials indexes. The company is also a dividend aristocrat, which has been consistently increasing its dividends for 33 consecutive years. McDonald's is one of the world's most recognizable brands. Because of this and because it has performed very well to stockholders over the years, it is one of the most widely held income stocks by dividend investors.Over the past decade this dividend stock has delivered an annual average total return of 8.70% to... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): MCD

2 (More) Growing Healthcare Co's With a Dividend Kicker: Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part series we talked about how emotions can cause the stock market to misprice companies over short periods of time. The important point we endeavored to make is that being able to recognize overvaluation or undervaluation when it exists is a great benefit to investors. Regarding the healthcare companies we are writing about in this article, it's important to recognize that during the "great recession" of 2008, each of these companies maintained healthy profit pictures in contrast to most companies who saw their earnings collapsing. Yet, even though their businesses remained strong, their prices fell along with the rest of the market, therefore, undervaluation became manifest for these strong and healthy businesses. Strong Earnings, Weak Prices, Equal Opportunity In... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): MDT,SYK,TEVA,WBA

4 Dividend Stocks Increasing Shareholder Wealth With Higher Dividends

Dividend growth investing is a long-term strategy. A growing dividend is a sign that the company is becoming more valuable. Companies that consistently increase dividends tend to have steadily rising share prices and the best way to benefit from this is to buy and hold the stocks. Diversification and a focus on blue-chip stocks provides insurance for the few companies that don't pan out.... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): FCX,GIS,GOV,MSM

100 U.S. Dividend Champions: Analyzing Historical Consistency

The first half of 2010 has ended with a relatively stable group of 100 companies that have increased their dividends for at least 25 years. This is in sharp contrast to the first half of 2009, when dividend cuts decimated a group of about 140 companies. But those that remain are worthy of consideration by any dividend-oriented investor. (You can download the latest version of the US Dividend Champions spreadsheet or PDF here.) The month ended with 82 companies on the Contenders list (15-24 years of increases) after several dozen companies were added to that roster. For the record, the average price of the 100 Champions was $44.27 at the end of June, with an average yield of 3.26%. This contrasts to the end of May, when the average price was $46.36 and the yield was 3.13%. A year ago,... more

SeekingAlphaStock symbol(s): CLX,CWT,ED,HP,JNJ

Sunoco (SUN) Declares $0.15 Quarterly Dividend; 1.8% Yield

Sunoco, Inc.’s (NYSE: SUN) Board of Directors today declared a cash dividend for the third quarter of 2010 of $0.15 per share, or $0.60 annualized. The dividend is payable September 10, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 18, 2010. The ex-dividend date is August 16, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.8%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): SUN