Since last year’s 21 percent dividend increase, WMT shares have gained 14 percent and have outpaced the 6 percent gain in the Dow Jones index.
There is a special group of dividend stocks that renown for their commitment to returning cash to their shareholders. These companies are known as dividend aristocrats due to their illustrious dividend history. To join the elite ranks of the dividend aristocrats, a stock must have increased their dividend payments for a minimum of 25 consecutive years. The dividend aristocrats club is made up of the finest dividend-paying stocks in America that are typically considered to be safer than most other investment choices.
Walgreens today announced their biggest dividend increase ever and also authorized a $2 billion stock buyback program.
Mad Money host Jim Cramer recently identified 5 manufacturing stocks that are experiencing rising demand for their products.
The defensive nature of healthcare stocks has made them more attractive in this unsettled market.
It’s a stock’s dividend yield which provides important protection for investors in tumultuous times.
This mega stock repurchase program represents about 8% of Walmart’s current market cap of $188.8 billion.
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This marks the 39th consecutive year that Pepsi has raised their dividend.
This marks the 49th consecutive year that the dividend aristocrat has raised their quarterly dividend.
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This marks the 55th consecutive year that Procter & Gamble has increased their dividend.
Air Products & Chemicals announced today that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 18% to $.58 per share. This marks the 29th straight year that Air Products has given their shareholders a dividend increase.
Wal-Mart Stores announced yesterday that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 21% to $.365 per share. Walmart’s dividend yield has taken on greater importance in recent years as their stock price has lagged the broader market indices.
Family Dollar Stores has seen their stock price climb 19% since the end of January after receiving a takeover bid from Trian Group. However, the discount retailer still believes their stock is substantially undervalued.
The dividend increase just adds to Coca Cola’s legacy as a dividend aristocrat and reflects the company’s confidence in their long-term cash flows.
Shares in Family Dollar Stores spiked over 21% today on news that Trian Capital wants to take the discount retailer private.
The dividend increase is nothing new for Sherwin-Williams, the dividend aristocrat has now raised their dividend for 32 consecutive years.
This marks the 44th consecutive year that the dividend aristocrat has increased their dividend payout.
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According to Jim Cramer, Pitney Bowes is transitioning from a good dividend stock and is fast becoming an exciting dividend stock.
Today’s dividend announcement marks the 53rd consecutive year that 3M has increased their dividend payment.
Aetna announced on Friday that the company is significantly increasing their dividend and moving from a nominal annual dividend to a quarterly payment cycle.
This marks the 39th consecutive year that Kimberly Clark has increased their dividend.
Family Dollar Stores announced yesterday that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 16% to $18 per share.
Investors now have 3 new dividend aristocrat stocks for 2011 to consider.
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AT&T is already the highest yielding stock in the Dow Jones index. Today’s dividend announcement will increase that dividend yield to 5.9% based on yesterday’s closing price.
The global investment firm hardly offers a stunning dividend yield, but the company’s dividend history is quite impressive.
AT&T is already the highest yielding stock in the Dow Jones index, so investors shouldn’t expect a significant dividend increase this year.
General Electric pleasantly surprised investors today when they announced their second dividend increase this year.
CEO Brian Moynihan commented yesterday that Bank of America would raise their dividend as soon as they pass the Federal Reserve stress test.
President Obama announced that a framework agreement is in place with Congressional Republicans that will extend the Bush tax rates for 2 more years.
Steve Jobs dividend income from his Disney stock is increasing 14% to a cool $55 million.
Walt Disney Company announced today that the company is increasing their annual dividend by 14% to $.40 per share.
Intel Corporation announced today that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 15% to $.18 per share.
Annual dividend increases may be fine for regular dividend stocks, but these premier dividend stocks are rewarding investors with multiple dividend increases this year.
The Federal Reserve may soon allow some of the top bank stocks to raise their dividends.
Once Verizon begins paying dividends to Vodafone, Wall Street is concerned that Verizon may not have the cash flow to sustain their dividend.
Here are 3 stocks that are trying to impress investors by paying out a bigger dividend than they can really afford.
Microsoft needs to dramatically ramp up their dividend program to where they become one of the top 20 dividend stocks in the S&P 500.
Through the first nine months of the year, dividend payments have increased $18.5 billion.
A recent Barron’s report suggested that JP Morgan Chase could boost their dividend next year by as much as 45 percent.
Yahoo was once a darling of the dot-com world. Now it seems that Yahoo’s days as a publicly trading company may be numbered.
McDonald’s initiated their dividend program in 1976 and has increased their dividend every year since then.
Microsoft initiated their dividend program in 2003, but this marks the first dividend increase from the tech giant since September 2008.
Dividend investors should take hope that Bank of America could raise their dividend next year.
Cisco Systems announced this week that the company will initiate a dividend program by 2011.
Here are 3 dividend aristocrat stocks that have proven capable of posting strong performances in any market.
Verizon Communications announced today that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 2.6 percent to $.4875 per share.
Dividend aristocrat stocks once again outperformed the broader market indices with the group of long-term dividend payers declining only 2.8 percent on average.
The bearish tone in the market this month led many investors to look at safer dividend stocks.
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Jim Cramer acknowledged that the stock market is “as troubled as I have ever seen it in my 31 years investing career” on yesterday’s Mad Money show.
Should investors consider Hewlett-Packard or are they just a fake dividend stock?
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Investor expectations for a dividend increase from Microsoft have been increasing in recent weeks.
Pfizer CEO Jeff Kindler signaled that the company would increase their quarterly dividend this December.
The least covered Dow dividend stocks have all outperformed the index this year.
We believe these five factors provide compelling reasons to buy Verizon stock now.
General Electric announced today that the conglomerate will finally increase their quarterly dividend by 20% to $.12 per share.
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Dividend investors will be interested to know that RBC is forecasting a significant dividend increase by the second quarter of 2011.
Cramer believes Verizon warrants a buy despite the fact that the stock is underperforming the market.
At the midpoint of this year it seems a good opportunity to review the biggest dividend stories of 2010.
Are growth stocks really finding a better use for their cash piles than returning it to investors in the form of a dividend?
This company has an impressive record of reinventing itself, which has allowed it to be successful for over 100 years.
CEO Jamie Dimon said yesterday that investors will likely see no dividend increase coming from JP Morgan in 2010.
If there is only one factor that you use to evaluate dividend stocks, it should be their cash flow and specifically their free cash flow.
This Canadian telecom offers investors an impressive 5.0% dividend yield and generated $2.65 billion in operating cash flow last year.
By buying a dividend stock with a 7% yield, you stand to double your investment in a decade even if the stock price doesn’t budge.
Dividend stocks that can demonstrate that they are generating significant cash flow and are increasing their dividend payments are becoming very popular.
If you look beyond Verizon and AT&T you can find 3 top Dow dividend stocks that have shined in 2010.
It was only 18 months ago that JP Morgan, Bank of America and even General Electric were in similar situations.
Caterpillar Inc. announced today that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 5% to $.44 per share.
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan was recently asked at a Sanford Bernstein analyst conference how large of a dividend increase should investors expect.
Investors looking for higher yields should not write off dividend stocks.
Earlier this month, Mad Money host Jim Cramer unveiled his recommendations to investors for a diversified portfolio of dividend stocks.
JP Morgan Chase has indicated that the bank will eventually increase their dividend payout to 30 – 40% of earnings.
While many of the top dividend stocks have performed very well this year, eDividendStocks.com has put together a list of 5 Dow dividend stocks that are lagging in 2010.
Don’t be fooled by AT&T and Verizon’s subpar performances this year, high yielding Dow dividend stocks are thriving in 2010.
Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon announced today in his annual letter to shareholders that JPM may raise its annual dividend to $.75 – $1.00 if certain conditions are met.
Kraft Food’s current dividend yield now stands at 3.9% and ranks 6th among the Dow Jones stock components.
Dividend investors have reason to cheer as GE’s CFO indicated that the company plans to begin growing their dividend again, but not until 2011.
Pepsi increased their dividend by 7%, but their dividend yield is still below Coca Cola’s 3.3% yield.
We likely will not see any dividend increases from financial stocks until at least the second half of this year and probably not until 2011.
Here are 5 dividend stocks offer investors impressively high dividend yields, and they also have sufficient free cash flow to maintain their dividend payments.
Despite their tremendous cash flow, the world’s largest retailer remains one of the lower yielding dividend stocks in the Dow Jones index.
Lost in the myriad of stories hitting the markets last week were several key dividend announcements.
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Investors are now looking for more realistic returns and they are now accepting the fact that dividends will account for a significant portion of their total returns.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is probably one of the biggest dividend investors that you’ve never heard of.
With Treasury rates at historic lows, fixed income investors are hard pressed to find decent yields.
AT&T announced that its Board of Directors has approved a 2.4% increase in their quarterly dividend to $.42 per share.
IBM announced yesterday that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend payment of $.55 per share.
Merck’s current dividend yield now stands at 5.1% making it the fourth highest yielding Dow stock.
DuPont announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $.41 per share.
Chevron announced today that its Board of Directors has agreed to increase their quarterly dividend by 5% to $.68 per share.