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Friday, June 29, 2012

At 25%, You Can Bank On This Dividend Increase

BB&T Corporation (BBT) operates as a financial holding company for Branch Banking and Trust Company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. June 26th the company increased its quarterly dividend 25% to $0.20 per share. The dividend is payable Aug. 1, 2012, to shareholders of record as of July 6, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.7%.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sysco Corporation (SYY) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Sysco Corporation (SYY). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Sysco Corporation is a large distributor of food and related products, primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

This Stock Has Paid Dividends For 113 Years, and Just Announced Its 9th Consecutive Increase


General Mills (GIS) has one of the longest dividend histories in corporate America. The company and its predecessor firm have paid shareholder dividends, without interruption or reduction, for 113 years. With the latest dividend boost announced Tuesday, the company extended its streak of consecutive increases to nine years.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

9 High-Yield Dividend Achievers With 25 Years of Increases

The Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index is comprised of companies incorporated in the United States or its territories, trade on the NYSE, NASDAQ or AMEX, and have increased their annual regular dividend payments for the last ten or more consecutive years. Unlike the more recognized Dividend Aristocrats list, The Broad Dividend Achievers™ Index is not limited to only stocks included in the S&P 500 Index. Thus it also includes small cap stocks.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Procter & Gamble (PG) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Procter & Gamble (PG). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: The Procter & Gamble Company is a leading consumer products company that markets household and personal care products in more than 180 countries.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Weekly Links: June 24, 2012

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al. Below are the carnivals that I participated in this week, along with a link to my article:

Friday, June 22, 2012

This Dividend Has More than Doubled In The Last 5 Years And It's Going Up Again

Medtronic, Inc. (MDT) manufactures and sells device-based medical therapies worldwide. June 21st the company increased its quarterly dividend 7.2% to $0.26 per share. MDT's dividend has more than doubled over the past five years, and this announcement marks the company's 35th consecutive year of increased dividend payments. The dividend is payable on July 27, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 6, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.8%.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Clorox Company (CLX) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of The Clorox Company (CLX). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: The Clorox Company is a diversified producer of household cleaning, grocery and specialty food products is also a leading producer of natural personal care products.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Walgreens Raises Quarterly Dividend 22.2%

Walgreen Co. (WAG) operates a chain of drugstores in the United States. WAG has never been shy when it comes to increasing it dividend. It has provided double-digit increases every year since 2003. With a yield below 3%, the increases are  what attracted dividend growth investors. However, after today's increase, there may be a new class of investors looking at the stock.

7 Dividend Stocks For A Confident And Secure Future

Are you confident and secure in your investing process? It is my firm belief that most investors will lose money in the stock market over their lifetime. It is not that the market is a bad place to invest your money, but left unchecked the psychology of the market will lead you to do just the opposite of what you should to be doing.

The great investors know this. Consider Warren Buffett's famous quote, 'We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful'. How do we overcome our natural instincts to sell when we should be buying?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Abbott Laboratories (ABT) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Abbott Laboratories (ABT). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Abbott Laboratories is a diversified life science company that is planning to split into two publicly traded companies, one in diversified medical products and the other in research-based pharmaceuticals.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Weekly Links: June 17, 2012

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

May 2012 Pocket Change Portfolio Performance

The Pocket Change Portfolio (PCP) was first introduced on September 13, 2008 as a real money dividend income portfolio funded by the "pocket change" earned from my various online endeavors. Each month I report on the portfolio's progress and update its holdings.

Friday, June 15, 2012

United Technologies (UTX) Raises Dividend 11.5%: 7 Other Stocks Also Increased Dividends

United Technologies Corporation (UTX) provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. June 13th the company increased its quarterly dividend 11.5% to $0.535 cents per share. The dividend is payable Sept. 10 to shareowners of record at the close of business Aug. 17. The ex-dividend date is Aug. 15. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Southside Bancshares Inc. (SBSI) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Southside Bancshares Inc. (SBSI). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Southside Bancshares Inc. owns Southside Bank, which primarily provides financial services to individuals, businesses, municipal entities, and non-profit organizations.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When It Comes To Dividends, Target Is Putting Pressure On Wal-Mart

As the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart (WMT) is not used to being the one bullied. Its new competition is not coming from the retail side, but instead it is coming from the financial side. Specifically, Wal-Mart, who has led the way among major retailers in dividend yield, is starting to get some real competition from Target (TGT).

Is Financial Independenace Your Goal?

For a lot of people, financial independence is an important goal. Knowing that your family's needs will be met even if you lose your job or other wise can no longer work. There is a great deal of security in becoming financially independent.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dell Inc. (DELL) Announces First Quarterly Dividend

Dell announced late Tuesday that it was joining the growing ranks of tech companies that pay a dividend. Microsoft (MSFT), Intel (INTC), Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) all pay quarterly dividends, and Apple (AAPL) announced earlier this year it will join the group.

Cash Just May Be Your Riskiest Investment

Quantitative easing (QE), it is such a benign sounding term. It is somewhat relaxing rolling off your lips. Unfortunately, this rose has thorns. QE in simple terms is the government printing money and buying financial assets (e.g. bonds, etc.) in an effort to stimulate the economy. A side effect of QE is higher prices of the financial assets bought, which in turn lowers their yield.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Automatic Data Processing Inc., one of the world's largest independent computing services companies, provides a broad range of data processing services.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Weekly Links: June 10, 2012

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al. Below are the carnivals that I participated in this week, along with a link to my article:

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Dividend Income Progress Update - May 2012

Once again it is time for a goals/progress update. I am pleased to report that annualized dividend income increased in May, extending the streak to 23 consecutive months of increases after June 2010's decline. Since I began publicly tracking annualized dividend income in November 2007, it has increased in 52 of the last 54 months.

My goals were defined in this December 1, 2007 Investing Goals post and last updated in my 2012 Investing Goals post. Below is an updated version of the table found in the original post.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Universal Health Realty Income Trust (UHT) Yields 6.3% After Dividend Increase

Universal Health Realty Income Trust (UHT) operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests in health care and human service related facilities. June 7th the company increased its quarterly dividend 0.8% to $0.615 per share. The dividend is payable June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 18, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 6.3%.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of International Business Machines Corp. (IBM). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: IBM's global capabilities include information technology services, software, computer hardware equipment, fundamental research, and related financing.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

7 High Yielders With A Low Free Cash Flow Payout

All dividend growth stocks are not created equal. Good companies maintain their dividends during a downturn (like the one we experienced in 2008); while great companies continue to increase their dividends during a downturn. To find these great companies, you will need to focus on more than just yield. You need to consider the stock's Free Cash Flow Payout.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hasbro, Inc. (HAS) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Hasbro, Inc. (HAS). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Hasbro, Inc. holds a broad portfolio of toys, games and entertainment offerings including brands such as Transformers, Playskool, Monopoly and My Little Pony.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Weekly Links: June 3, 2012

Each Sunday I highlight the Carnivals I participated in over the past week, along with any notable articles that I came across. For those readers not familiar with carnivals, it's where personal finance bloggers submit their best articles of the week with one blog serving as the host. The entries are separated into various categories such as Investing, Credit, Debt, Budgeting, Frugality, Wealth Building, Money Management, Financial Planning, Insurance, Taxes, The Economy, Real Estate, et. al. Below are the carnivals that I participated in this week, along with a link to my article:

Friday, June 1, 2012

3 Dividend Stocks Focusing On Their Shareholders

Every investor wants to earn more. It is how we define "more" and how we go about earning it that defines the type of investor we are. Income investors want more income. Yield is a significant determinate of income. Instead of buying a current high-yield stock, investors in dividend growth stocks prefer to build their own. Granted, the current yield may never be classified as high-yield, but over time the yield-on-cost can reach epic heights.

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