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4 Dividend Stocks Showing You the Money

Last year may have been a year of dividend slashing, but there are now more and more companies committed to sending more money out to their shareholders in 2010. Readers of the Motley Fool 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.... more

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2 Ways Dividend Stocks Can Make You Rich

Stocks that pay dividends have helped millions of investors become wealthy. But not all dividend stocks are the same. Before you simply pick a few for your portfolio, you need to get a grasp on one of the major differences among the thousands of stocks that pay dividends. Should you get paid now or later?Investors choose dividend stocks for a variety of reasons. Some pay more attention to the company and its future prospects and happen to pick a stock that pays a dividend, with the dividend not really playing a major role in their investing decision. Others see dividend stocks as being categorically more conservative than their non-dividend-paying counterparts, and so they don't necessarily focus much on the particular attributes of the companies whose stocks they buy.... more

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The Highest Dividend Yields -- Reconsidered

When I recently ran across a list of the highest-yielding stocks in the S&P 500, I knew to not get excited. Very high yields are often tied to stocks whose share prices have sunk -- frequently for good reason. Still, I thought it might be worth running through the list to see whether any of its members got high marks in our CAPS community of investors Though some had received four out of five stars, it may be telling that none have earned the top five-star rating. Presumably, if one did, it might become so compelling that investors would flock into it … thereby driving up its price, making it less attractive, and robbing it of a star.... more

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Are You Missing Out on Dividends?

"Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in." -- John D. Rockefeller That sounds nice, doesn't it? Just kicking back and letting your dividends roll in. But we live in a much different time than Rockefeller. And though investing legend Ben Graham was also a big fan of dividends, there's also a gulf between his era and ours.... more

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Acme United (ACU) Declares $0.05 Quarterly Dividend; 1.8% Yield

Acme United Corporation (AMEX: ACU) declared a cash dividend of $0.05 per common share, or $0.20 annualized. The dividend is payable on July 26, 2010 to stockholders of record on the close of business on July 1, 2010. The ex-dividend date is June 29, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.8%.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): ACU

Con-way (CNW) Declares $0.10 Quarterly Dividend; 1.3% Yield

Con-way Inc. (CNW) today declared a cash dividend of $0.10 per share, or $0.40 annualized. The dividend is payable September 15, 2010 to shareholders of record on August 16, 2010. The ex-dividend date is August 12, 2010. Yield on the dividend is 1.3%.... more

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General Mills (GIS) Raises Qtr. Dividend to $0.28/Share; Authorizes 100M Share Buyback

General Mills (NYSE: GIS) raises its quarterly dividend from $0.245 to $0.28 per common share. Announces a 100 million share buyback.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): GIS

General Mills (GIS) Increases Quarterly Dividend 17% to $0.28; Yields 3%; Authorizes 100 Common Buyback

The General Mills (NYSE: GIS) Board of Directors today declared an increase in the quarterly dividend rate to $0.28 per share, payable Aug. 2, 2010, to shareholders of record July 12, 2010. The ex-dividend date is July 8, 2010. The new annualized dividend rate of $1.12 per share represents a 17% increase over dividends of $0.96 per share paid in fiscal 2010. Yield on the dividend is 3%. Strong and growing cash dividends are an important component of General Mills' total return to our shareholders, said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ken Powell. The dividend increase announced today is a reflection of our company's robust financial condition and excellent future growth prospects. General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and its predecessor firm have now paid shareholder dividends without... more

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Washington Federal (WFSL) Approves $0.05 Per Share Quarterly Cash Dividend - Annual Yield 1.17%

Washington Federal, Inc. (Nasdaq: WAFD) announced a quarterly cash dividend of 5 cents per share. The dividend will be payable July 23, 2010 to common stockholders of record on July 9, 2010. This will be Washington Federal's 110th consecutive quarterly cash dividend.
Washington Federal operates 160 offices in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. Established in 1917, the Company provides residential real estate loans, commercial real estate financing, consumer deposit accounts and business banking.... more

StreetInsiderStock symbol(s): WAFD

From Dividend Saplings to Abundant Fruit Tree Yields

Dividends are like fruit and an investment in stock is much like purchasing a sapling. When purchasing a stock (sapling) the goal is two-fold: 1) Buy a sapling (tree) that is expected to bear a lot of fruit; and 2) Pay a cheap or fair price. If the right saplings are purchased at the right prices, then investors can enjoy a steady diet of fruit that has the potential of producing more fruit each year. Fruit can come in the form of future profits, but as we will see, the sweetness of a profitable company also paying dividends can prove much more fruitful over the long-term. Investing in growth equities at reasonable prices seems like a pretty intelligent strategy, but of late the vast majority of fresh investor capital has been piling into bonds. This is not a flawed plan for retirees (and... more

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