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.
Gannett announced today that they will double their dividend as profits at the newspaper company plunged 22 percent.
Medtronic announced today that the company will raise their quarterly dividend by 8 percent to $.2425 per share.
This mega stock repurchase program represents about 8% of Walmart’s current market cap of $188.8 billion.
The dividend increase comes as Heinz reported strong fourth quarter earnings results and raised their guidance for fiscal 2012 and 2013.
Seagate Technology announced this week that the company will reinstate their quarterly dividend at $.18 per share.
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.
Wyndham Worldwide announced today that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 25% to $.15 per share.
Today’s dividend announcement marks the 53rd consecutive year that 3M has increased their dividend payment.
Men’s Wearhouse announced yesterday that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 33% to $12 per share.
Carnival Corporation announced today that they are increasing their quarterly dividend by 150% to $.25 per share.
The dividend increase comes as Scholastic reported disappointing second quarter results and provided a weak outlook for 2011.
United Parcel Service CFO Kurt Kuehn was quoted in a German newspaper today saying that UPS will use their strong cash position to boost their dividend rather than focusing on acquisitions.
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.
Covidien announced today that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 11 percent to $.20 per share.
McDonald’s initiated their dividend program in 1976 and has increased their dividend every year since then.
Dividend investors reacted positively to news of the dividend increase, sending Yum! Brands stock price to a new 52-week high.
No sector reflects the markets attitude change more clearly than the deepwater drilling stocks.
The largest Canadian telecom stock announced today that they will boost their already high dividend yield even higher.
These companies currently do not pay a dividend to investors, but they have all the criteria to make a great dividend stock.
The dividend increase comes as ETN delivered second quarter earnings results that were $.19 above Wall Street’s consensus estimates.
Big dividends are not bad news if a company can afford to pay them, unfortunately in Barnes & Noble’s case it appears that they cannot.
This marks the 43rd consecutive year that the dividend aristocrat has increased their dividend.
Walgreens has now raised their dividend for 35 consecutive years and has been paying a dividend for more than 77 years.
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.
The dividend increase was driven by Medtronic’s strong cash flows and part of their effort to return cash to their shareholders.
Income investors are sure to take notice of Viacom now that the stock offers a higher dividend yield than other consumer media stocks like Disney or News Corp.
We tend to focus primarily on identifying good dividend stocks to buy and probably don’t give enough attention on when to sell dividend stocks.
News of the dividend increase came as ConocoPhillips unveiled plans to increase shareholder value at their annual analyst meeting in New York.
Starbucks joins the ranks of dividend stocks after announcing this morning that the company will initiate a quarterly cash dividend of $.10 per share.
Kraft Food’s current dividend yield now stands at 3.9% and ranks 6th among the Dow Jones stock components.