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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.


February 27, 2012

St. Jude Medical Declares 10 Percent Dividend Increase

St. Jude Medical announced today that the company will offer their shareholders a 10 percent dividend increase to $.23 per share each quarter.



February 22, 2012

Obama Proposes Dividend Tax Hike

President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget includes a proposed dividend tax hike that could end up tripling investor’s tax bill next year.


France Telecom to Cut Its High Yielding Dividend

France Telecom SA announced today that the company will cut its dividend forecast for 2012 and 2013 due to an uncertain macro-economic environment and competitive pressures.


February 15, 2012

CEO Tim Cook Hints At Apple Dividend

Investors received a positive signal from CEO Tim Cook yesterday that an Apple dividend could be coming in the near future.


February 8, 2012

Time Warner Raises Dividend Following Strong Fourth Quarter

Time Warner announced this morning that the media company will raise their quarterly dividend by 11 percent to $.26 per share and initiated a new $4 billion stock repurchase plan.


July 25, 2011

Rayonier Announces Dividend Increase and Stock Split

Rayonier announced today that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 11 percent and will give investors a three-for-two stock split.


July 20, 2011

Altera Boosts Dividend

Altera announced yesterday that the company will boost their quarterly dividend by 33 percent to $.08 per share.




July 12, 2011

Cummins Dividend Yield Climbs Higher

Cummins announced today that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 52 percent to $.40 per share.


July 11, 2011

PACCAR Gives Investors a 50% Dividend Increase

PACCAR announced today that the company will give their investors a 50 percent quarterly dividend increase to $.18 per share.


July 6, 2011

Dividend Payments Improved Again In the Second Quarter

Dividend investors received good news today as Standard & Poors released a report showing that dividend payments improved again in the second quarter.


June 29, 2011

General Mills Raises Dividend Again

This latest dividend increase from General Mills will push the current yield on their stock to 3.3 percent.


June 28, 2011

Is Microsoft Cool Again?

The Office 365 announcement from Microsoft actually added $5 billion to the company’s market cap today.



June 24, 2011

Initiating a Dividend Won’t Save Research in Motion

Even coupling a high dividend yield with their cheap valuation won’t be enough to save Research in Motion.




June 21, 2011

Duke Energy Boosts High Dividend Yield

Duke Energy announced today that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 2 percent to $.25 per share.


Best Buy Authorizes $5 Billion Stock Repurchase and Dividend Increase

Best Buy announced today that the company had authorized a $5 billion stock repurchase program and will increase their quarterly dividend by 7 percent to $.16 per share.


June 20, 2011

PetSmart Announces Dividend Increase and Stock Buyback

This year’s dividend hike is less than half the 25 percent dividend increase from PetSmart in 2010. However, the retailer did announce a new $450 million stock buyback program.


January 27, 2011

Eaton Rewards Shareholders with Dividend Hike and Stock Split

Eaton Corporation announced today that the company is offering a 2-for-1 stock split and increasing their quarterly dividend by 17% to $.68 per share.



October 7, 2010

RPM Raises Dividend for 37th Consecutive Year

This marks the 37th consecutive year that RPM has increased their cash dividend putting them in a very elite group.


October 5, 2010

Can Microsoft Become A Top 20 Dividend Stock?

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.


October 4, 2010

Looking For a Big Dividend Increase from JP Morgan

A recent Barron’s report suggested that JP Morgan Chase could boost their dividend next year by as much as 45 percent.


September 29, 2010

CSX Dividend Chugs Higher

This announcement marks the eighth time in the past five years that CSX has increased their dividend payment.



September 24, 2010

Why Yahoo Can’t Pay a Dividend

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.


September 23, 2010

Dividend Rising At Lockheed Martin

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin announced today that they are increasing their quarterly dividend by 19 percent to $.75 per share.


Covidien Declares Dividend Increase

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



September 22, 2010

Microsoft Finally Raises Dividend

Microsoft initiated their dividend program in 2003, but this marks the first dividend increase from the tech giant since September 2008.



Is Apple or Google Stock Cheaper?

Although Google and Apple are both shadow dividend stocks for now, let’s take a look at these two tech giants to see whose stock we should be buying.


ConAgra Foods Lifts Dividend As Earnings Disappoint

The dividend increase from ConAgra reflects the food company’s strong cash flows and their commitment to maintaining a top-tier dividend payout.


September 16, 2010

Texas Instruments Raising Dividend for 7th Consecutive Year

Texas Instruments announced today that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 8 percent to $.13 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.



3 Dividend Stocks for Any Market

Here are 3 dividend aristocrat stocks that have proven capable of posting strong performances in any market.


September 2, 2010

High Yielding Verizon Inches Dividend Higher

Verizon Communications announced today that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 2.6 percent to $.4875 per share.


September 1, 2010

Top Dividend Aristocrat Stocks: August 2010

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.


August 19, 2010

Growth Catalysts for AT&T

In the second part of this interview, we look at growth catalysts for AT&T and the potential impact of losing their exclusive agreement to sell the Apple iPhone.