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Friday, February 5, 2010

* 16 Dividend Stocks Aspiring To Be A Champion

There are winners and there are champions in every walk of life. The difference is subtle, but very real. A champion is driven for success and will not let anything stand in its way. Some dividend stocks can be classified as champions. A bad economy, tight credit markets and a dark cloud of uncertainty are enough send some dividend companies running for the exit. However, these are the times that champions stand firm.

This week a several companies answered the call and rewarded their shareholders with higher cash dividends:

CMS Energy (CMS) is the largest utility in Michigan and the sixth largest gas and 13th largest electric utility in the U.S. January 29th the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.15/share. The dividend is payable Feb. 26, 2010 to shareholders of record on Feb. 8, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 4, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 3.91%.

HCP (HCP) holds direct and joint venture investments in health care-related facilities across the U.S. February 1st the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.465/share. The dividend will be paid on February 23, 2010 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 11, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 9, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 6.36%.

Source Capital (SOR) is a diversified closed-end management investment company. February 1st the company boosted its quarterly dividend 20% to $0.60/share. The dividend is payable Mar. 15, 2010, to shareholders of record as of the close of business Feb. 19, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 5.65%.

Hershey (HSY) is a major producer of chocolate and confectionery products. February 2nd the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.32/share. The dividend is payable March 15, 2010, to stockholders of record February 25, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 3.45%.

L-3 Comm (LLL) is a provider of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. February 2nd the company raised its quarterly dividend to $0.40/share. The dividend is payable on March 15, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 1, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 25, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.84%

Unitrin (UTR) provides property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, and automobile finance services. February 3rd the company boosted its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.22/share. The dividend is payable on March 1, 2010 to its shareholders of record as of February 12, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 10. The yield based on the new payout is 3.86%

News Corp (NWS) is a media conglomerate, with controlling interests in leading content and distribution assets across the globe, including Fox Entertainment. February 3rd the company increased its semi-annual dividend 25% to $0.075/share. The dividend is payable on April 14, 2010 with a record date for determining dividend entitlements of March 10, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 8, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 0.94%

Ross Stores (ROST) is an off-price retailer providing in-season branded apparel and other merchandise through over 1,000 stores in 27 states and Guam. February 4th the company raised its quarterly dividend 45% o $0.16/share. The dividend is payable on March 31, 2010 to stockholders of record as of February 19, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 17, 2010. ROST is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 1.41%.

AGL Resources (AGL) is an energy services holding company provides natural gas to about 2.3 million customers. February 4th the company boosted its quarterly dividend 2.3% to $0.44/share. The dividend is payable March 1, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 19, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 5.00%.

PennantPark Investment (PNNT) specializes in direct and mezzanine investments in middle-market companies. February 4th the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.26/share. The dividend is payable on April 1, 2010 to stockholders of record as of March 25, 2010. The ex-dividend date is March 23, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 11.60%.

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is one of the world's leading agribusiness companies, with major market positions in agricultural processing and merchandising. February 4the the company raised its quarterly dividend to $0.15/share. The dividend is payable March 11, 2010, to stockholders of record February 18, 2010. The ex-dividend date is February 16. ADM is a Dividend Aristocrat and has raised its dividend for 35 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 2.00%.

Colgate-Palmolive (CL) is a consumer products company markets oral, personal and household care, and pet nutrition products. February 4th the the company boosted its quarterly dividend 20% to $0.53/share. The dividend will be paid on May 14, 2010 to shareholders of record as of April 26, 2010. The ex-dividend date is April 22. On an annual basis, the new dividend rate is $2.03 vs. $1.72 per share previously. CL is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 16 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 2.66%.

UPS (UPS) is the world's largest express delivery company. February 4th the company increased its quarterly dividend to $0.47/share. The dividend is payable March 3, 2010, to shareholders of record on Feb. 16, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 3.28%.

Hasbro (HAS) is a large toy company has brands that include Monopoly, Playskool and Tonka. February 4th the company raised its quarterly dividend by 25% to $0.25/share. The dividend will be payable on May 17, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 3, 2010. The ex-dividend date is April 30. The yield based on the new payout is 3.20%.

J. B. Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) provides truckload, intermodal, and contract carriage services. February 4th the company boosted its quarterly dividend $0.12/share. The dividend is payable to stockholders of record on February 12, 2010. The dividend will be paid on February 26, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.58%.

D&B (DNB) is a worldwide provider of business information and related decision support services and commercial receivables management services. February 4th the company increased its quarterly cash dividend to $0.35/share. This quarterly cash dividend is payable on March 18, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 3, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 1.80%.

To be a true dividend champion, a stock must consistently raise its dividend over more than just a few years. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: Long HCP. See a list of all my income holdings here.
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Tags: [ADM] [AGL] [CL] [CMS] [DNB] [HAS] [HCP] [HSY] [JBHT] [LLL] [NWS] [PNNT] [ROST] [SOR] [UPS] [UTR]

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