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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 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 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.


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 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.


June 10, 2011

Having No Dividend Is Hurting Bank of America

Poor Bank of America is watching its stock price drop fast and they have no real dividend to help prop up their share price.



June 8, 2011

Caterpillar Raises Dividend for 18th Consecutive Year

Caterpillar has now paid a regular dividend every quarterly since 1933 and has given their shareholders a dividend increase for 18 consecutive years.



June 7, 2011

FedEx Gives Investors a Penny Dividend Increase

Following the penny per share increase, FedEx stock will offer investors a current dividend yield of 0.6% based on today’s closing price.



June 3, 2011

Rockwell Automation Gives 21% Dividend Increase

Rockwell Automation announced today that the company will give their shareholders a 21% dividend increase to $.425 per share.




May 16, 2011

Why I Sold Cisco Systems

Cisco could be facing several quarters of lackluster performance. In all likelihood their stock price will fall much lower before the company’s performance stabilizes.



May 13, 2011

Citigroup Officially Reinstates Dividend

Citigroup announced today that the company will officially reinstate their quarterly dividend at $.01 per share in June.



May 9, 2011

Competitive Pressures Are Crushing PetMed Express

Even with an attractive dividend yield of 3.4%, most PetMed Express investors have a hound dog expression these days.



May 2, 2011

Harley-Davidson Finally Revs Up Dividend

This is the first dividend increase since Harley-Davidson reduced their dividend by 70% in early 2009.


April 29, 2011

Johnson & Johnson Rolls Out Dividend Increase

This marks the 49th consecutive year that the dividend aristocrat has raised their quarterly dividend.


April 28, 2011

Chevron Quietly Raises Dividend Again

This marks the 24th consecutive year that Chevron has raised their quarterly dividend.


April 27, 2011

Costco Announces Dividend Increase and Stock Repurchases

Costco announced yesterday that the company will give their shareholders a dividend increase and will initiate a $4 billion stock repurchase program.




April 22, 2011

GE Dividend Climbs Higher

General Electric announced this week that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 7% to $.15 per share.



April 21, 2011

Amgen Announces First Dividend Ever

Amgen announced today that the company will pay their first dividend ever in the second quarter of 2011.


April 20, 2011

Hudson City Bancorp Announces Dividend Cut

Hudson City Bancorp announced today that the company will cut their quarterly dividend by 47% to $.08 per share.



April 13, 2011

United Technologies Announces a 13% Dividend Increase

United Technologies announced today that the company will increase their quarterly dividend by 13% to $.48 per share.



April 10, 2011

PNC Financial Moves to Restore Dividend

This announcement of a 250% dividend increase by PNC is a step in the right direction towards restoring their dividend that once paid out $.66 per share every quarter.



April 9, 2011

Rising Gold Prices Leads to Shift in Dividend Policy at Newmont Mining

Newmont Mining announced at their annual Investors Day conference that the company will be changing their dividend policy in order to link future payments directly to gold prices.


March 29, 2011

Another Dividend Increase for International Paper

International Paper announced today that the company was giving another dividend increase to their shareholders.


March 24, 2011

Oracle Dividend Increase Is Modest

Investors learned today of a small Oracle dividend increase of 20% to $.06 per share.


March 22, 2011

BNY Mellon Gives Investors a Dividend Increase

BNY Mellon announced today that the company will give their investors a 44% dividend increase to $.13 per share.


March 21, 2011

Citigroup Resuming Dividend and Announces Stock Split

Citigroup announced today that the company is offering a 1-for-10 reverse stock split and resuming their quarterly dividend at $.01 per share.


March 19, 2011

BB&T Joins the Dividend Increase Party

BB&T announced on Friday that the bank stock is increasing their quarterly dividend by 7% to $.16 per share.






Investors Receive a Small Dividend Increase from Staples

Investors will take the small dividend increase from Staples, but it won’t offset the company’s falling stock price


Tyco Raising Dividend By 20%

Tyco International announced today that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 20% to $.25 per share.


March 8, 2011

The Bank of Nova Scotia Is Increasing Their Dividend

The Bank of Nova Scotia is the 3rd largest bank in Canada and is only the second Canadian bank stock to increase their dividend since the recession.


Barnes & Noble Has No Dividend and No Buyers

Barnes & Noble investors have been left with no dividend, no buyers and a brick & mortar business with declining sales.


March 7, 2011

Forecasting a Viacom Dividend Increase

Since announcing their initial dividend payment last June, Viacom shares have climbed over 45% and now yield only 1.1%. However, investors could see a larger dividend payout beginning this summer.


March 5, 2011

Piedmont Natural Gas Dividend Increase for the 33rd Straight Year

Piedmont Natural Gas announced a quarterly dividend increase of 4% to $.29 per share.


March 4, 2011

Walmart Rolls Out Big Dividend Increase As Stock Price Treads Water

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.



March 1, 2011

Navios Maritime Partners Is a Risky Dividend Stock

To the casual observer, Navios Maritime Partners may not look like a risky dividend stock. In fact, it looks like it could be a perfect dividend play.



February 25, 2011

Kohl’s Initiates First Dividend Ever

Kohl’s announced yesterday that the company will initiate a quarterly dividend program for the first time ever at $.25 per share.


February 22, 2011

Home Depot Announces Dividend Increase

Home Depot announced today that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 6% to $.25 per share.


February 17, 2011

Coca Cola Lifts Dividend for 49th Consecutive Year

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.


February 16, 2011

Comcast Raising Dividend and Accelerating Stock Repurchases

Comcast announced today that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 19% and accelerating their stock repurchases for 2011.


Sherwin Williams Raising Dividend Again

The dividend increase is nothing new for Sherwin-Williams, the dividend aristocrat has now raised their dividend for 32 consecutive years.


February 15, 2011

Omicom Raising Dividend for 2nd Year in a Row

Omnicom Group announced today that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 25% to $.25 per share.


February 10, 2011

Rio Tinto Answers Call and Doubles Their Dividend

Rio Tinto announced today that the company will pay a final dividend of $.63 per share which effectively doubles their dividend payment from last year.






February 7, 2011

Owens & Minor Dividend Getting Stronger

Owens & Minor announced today that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 13% to $.20 per share.




February 5, 2011

Aetna Will Finally Start Paying a Meaningful Dividend

Aetna announced on Friday that the company is significantly increasing their dividend and moving from a nominal annual dividend to a quarterly payment cycle.



Avon Products Raising Dividend for 22nd Consecutive Year

While the $.01 dividend isn’t massive, it does mark the 22nd consecutive year that Avon has increased their dividend.


February 3, 2011

UPS Delivers Bigger Dividend

UPS is using their cash flows to deliver a bigger dividend to investors.







January 28, 2011

Smucker Surprises Investors with an Early Dividend Increase

Typically Smucker doesn’t announce a dividend increase until April, so today’s announcement was a pleasant surprise to investors.



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.



January 26, 2011

Praxair Lifts Dividend for 18th Consecutive Year

Praxair announced that the company is raising their quarterly dividend by 11% to $.50 per share.



Norfolk Southern Dividend Chugs Higher

Norfolk Southern announced today that the company is increasing their quarterly dividend by 11% to $.40 per share.


January 24, 2011

Intel Raises Dividend Following Most Profitable Year Ever

Intel has now been paying dividends to investors since 1992 and begins the year as one of the highest yielding stocks in the Dow Jones index.


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.




Washington Post Raises Dividend as Warren Buffet Exits

The dividend announcement was overshadowed by news that investing guru Warren Buffet is stepping down from the board of directors at the Washington Post.