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March 1, 2012

Walmart Increases Dividend for 39th Consecutive Year

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.






April 10, 2011

Seagate Technology Reinstates Dividend

Seagate Technology announced this week that the company will reinstate their quarterly dividend at $.18 per share.


March 18, 2011

Air Products Gives Dividend Increase for 29th Straight Year

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.


February 9, 2011

Wyndham Worldwide Raising Their Quarterly Dividend By 25%

Wyndham Worldwide announced today that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 25% to $.15 per share.



January 22, 2011

Men’s Wearhouse Raises Dividend By 33%

Men’s Wearhouse announced yesterday that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 33% to $12 per share.


January 21, 2011

Carnival Announces Big Dividend Increase

Carnival Corporation announced today that they are increasing their quarterly dividend by 150% to $.25 per share.



December 9, 2010

UPS To Use Cash Flow to Boost Dividend

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.


October 12, 2010

How Safe Is Verizon’s Dividend?

Once Verizon begins paying dividends to Vodafone, Wall Street is concerned that Verizon may not have the cash flow to sustain their dividend.



September 23, 2010

Covidien Declares Dividend Increase

Covidien announced today that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 11 percent to $.20 per share.



September 14, 2010

Investors Cheer Dividend Increase from Yum Brands

Dividend investors reacted positively to news of the dividend increase, sending Yum! Brands stock price to a new 52-week high.



August 5, 2010

Canadian Telecom Stock Sends Dividend Yield Higher

The largest Canadian telecom stock announced today that they will boost their already high dividend yield even higher.


July 29, 2010

Investing In Shadow Dividend Stocks

These companies currently do not pay a dividend to investors, but they have all the criteria to make a great dividend stock.


July 21, 2010

Eaton Raises Dividend By 16%

The dividend increase comes as ETN delivered second quarter earnings results that were $.19 above Wall Street’s consensus estimates.


July 20, 2010

Is The Dividend Safe At Barnes & Noble?

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.



July 14, 2010

Walgreens Raises Dividend for 35th Consecutive Year

Walgreens has now raised their dividend for 35 consecutive years and has been paying a dividend for more than 77 years.


June 25, 2010

Cash Flow: The Key to Dividend Stocks

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.


June 24, 2010

Medtronic Ups Dividend in Effort to Return Cash to Shareholders

The dividend increase was driven by Medtronic’s strong cash flows and part of their effort to return cash to their shareholders.


June 9, 2010

Viacom Initiates Attractive Dividend Payment

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.


March 29, 2010

When to Sell Dividend Stocks

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.



March 24, 2010

Starbucks Joins the Ranks of Dividend Stocks

Starbucks joins the ranks of dividend stocks after announcing this morning that the company will initiate a quarterly cash dividend of $.10 per share.


March 17, 2010

Kraft Foods Announces Quarterly Dividend

Kraft Food’s current dividend yield now stands at 3.9% and ranks 6th among the Dow Jones stock components.