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Friday, January 29, 2010

* 10 Dividend Stocks Increasing Yield On Cost

Most casual income investors focus on current yield, which is important. However, if your objective is to build a portfolio of securities with increasing income, then Yield on Cost is an excellent metric to measure your progress. Yield on Cost is simply the annual dividend rate times number of shares owned divided by what you paid for the investment (basis). As companies increase their dividend, your yield on cost goes up.


Working to to increase their shareholders yield on cost, these companies recently announced higher cash dividend payments:

El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB) owns and operates natural gas transportation pipelines and storage
assets. January 22nd the company increased its quarterly distribution of 2.9% to $0.36/unit. The distribution will be paid February 12, 2010 on all outstanding common and subordinated units to holders of record as of the close of business on February 1, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 5.76%.

Intel (INTC) is the world's largest manufacturer of microprocessors, the central processing units of PCs, and also produces other semiconductor products. January 22nd the company raised its quarterly 12.5% to $0.1575/share. The dividend will be payable on March 1, 2010 to stockholders of record on Feb. 7, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 4, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 3.15%.

Rollins (ROL) provides pest and termite control services to residential and commercial customers. January 26th the company boosted its quarterly dividend 28.6% to $0.09/share. The dividend will be payable March 10, 2010 to stockholders of record at the close of business February 10, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 8, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.80%.

National Instruments (NATI) is a provider of software and hardware technology solutions for creating custom measurement and automation systems that are typically used for design, control, and test applications. January 26th the company approved an 8% sequential increase in the quarterly dividend to $0.13/share. This dividend is payable on March 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on February 8, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 4, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.70%.

Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL) is a master limited partnership (MLP) formed by Sunoco Inc. to acquire, own and operate a group of refined product and crude oil pipelines and terminal facilities. January 26th the company raised its distribution 2.3% to $1.09/unit. The distribution is payable February 12, 2010 to unit holders of record on February 8, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 6.16%.

Praxair (PX) is the largest producer of industrial gases in North and South America, and the second largest worldwide and it provides ceramic and metallic coatings. January 27th the company boosted its quarterly dividend 13% to $0.45/share. The dividend is payable on March 15, 2010 to shareholders of record on March 5, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 3, 2010. PX is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 17 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 2.37%.

Holly Energy Partners (HEP) is a master limited partnership was formed by Holly Corp. to acquire, own and operate refined product pipeline and terminal facilities. January 27th the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.805/unit. HEP has increased its distribution to unitholders every quarter since becoming a public partnership in July 2004 or 21 consecutive quarterly increases. The distribution will be paid February 12, 2010, to unitholders of record February 5, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 3, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 7.77%.

Energen (EGN) is a diversified energy company is involved in natural gas distribution, and oil and gas exploration and production. January 27th company raised its quarterly dividend 4% to $0.13/share. The dividend is payable March 1, 2010, to shareholders of record on February 15, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 11, 2010. EGN is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 28 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 1.14%.

SJW (SJW) provides water service to a population of approximately one million people in the metropolitan San Jose (California) area. January 28th the company boosted its quarterly dividend to $0.17/share. The dividend is payable on March 1, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 8, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 4, 2010. SJW is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 28 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 3.07%.

Airgas (ARG) is a leading distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases and related equipment also distributes safety and other disposable supplies through its network of stores. January 28 the company increased it quarterly dividend to $0.22/share. The dividend is payable March 31, 2010 to shareholders of record as of March 15, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.88%.

A healthly yield on cost is one that is growing via regular dividend increases. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: Long INTC. See a list of all my income holdings here.
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Tags: [ARG] [EGN] [EPB] [HEP] [INTC] [NATI] [PX] [ROL] [SJW] [SXL]

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