Monday, December 12, 2016

12 Dividend Stocks Raising Their Payouts And Yields

When you purchase individual stocks, risk is inherent. Sometimes bad things happen to good stocks. Eventually, every investor will hold a stock that falls out of favor and endures a double-digit decline. Understanding this from the onset makes it easier to deal with. To minimize the risk of significant declines, your core portfolio should focus on blue-chip dividend growth stocks.

Listed below are select companies that have recently elected to raise their payout and yield by increasing their cash dividends to shareholders:


Abbott Laboratories (ABT) is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of a line of healthcare products. December 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 1.9% to $0.265 per share. The dividend is payable February 15, 2017 to stockholders of record on January 13, 2017, with an ex-dividend date of January 11, 2017. The yield based on the new payout is 2.7%.

Ventas, Inc. (VTR) is a healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) with its properties located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. December 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 6.2% to $0.775 per share. The dividend is payable December 30, 2016 to stockholders of record on December 20, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of December 16, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 5.0%.

Edison International (EIX) is the parent holding company of Southern California Edison Company (SCE). SCE is engaged in the business of supplying and delivering electricity to an approximately 50,000 square mile area of southern California. December 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 13% to $0.5425 per share. The dividend is payable January 31, 2017 to stockholders of record on December 30, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of December 28, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 3.1%.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) is engaged in the discovery, development, licensing, manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of biopharmaceutical products. December 8th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.6% to $0.39 per share. The dividend is payable February 1, 2017 to stockholders of record on January 6, 2017, with an ex-dividend date of January 4, 2017. The yield based on the new payout is 2.8%.

Ecolab Inc. (ECL) provides water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. December 8th the company increased its quarterly dividend 6% to $0.37 per share. The dividend is payable January 17, 2017 to stockholders of record on December 20, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of December 16, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 1.2%.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (CHRW) is a third-party logistics company that provides freight transportation services and logistics solutions to companies of all sizes, in a variety of industries. December 8th the company increased its quarterly dividend 4.7% to $0.45 per share. The dividend is payable December 30, 2016 to stockholders of record on December 19, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of December 15, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 2.3%.

Air Lease Corporation (AL) is an aircraft leasing company that is principally engaged in purchasing new commercial jet transport aircraft directly from aircraft manufacturers. December 8th the company increased its quarterly dividend 50% to $0.075 per share. The dividend is payable January 9, 2017 to stockholders of record on December 12, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of December 8, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 0.8%.

TE Connectivity Ltd. (TEL) is a technology company, which designs and manufactures connectivity and sensors solutions. December 8th the company increased its quarterly dividend 8.1% to $0.40 per share. The yield based on the new payout is 2.3%.

V.F. Corporation (VFC) is engaged in the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and related products. December 7th the company increased its quarterly dividend 13% to $0.42 per share. The dividend is payable December 19, 2016 to stockholders of record on December 9, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of December 7, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.

Capella Education Company (CPLA) is an online postsecondary education services company, which is an online academic institution offering online postsecondary education services primarily to working adults. December 7th the company increased its quarterly dividend 5.1% to $0.41 per share. The dividend is payable January 13, 2017 to stockholders of record on December 22, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of December 20, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 1.8%.

MasterCard Incorporated (MA) is a technology company that connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses across the world. December 6th the company increased its quarterly dividend 16% to $0.22 per share. The dividend is payable February 9, 2017 to stockholders of record on January 9, 2017, with an ex-dividend date of January 5, 2017. The yield based on the new payout is 0.9%.

Bank of Montreal (BMO) is a financial services company providing a range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services. December 6th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.3% to C$0.88 per share. The dividend is payable February 28, 2017 to stockholders of record on February 1, 2017, with an ex-dividend date of January 30, 2017. The yield based on the new payout is 3.9%.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR) is a quick service restaurant that operates approximately 19,000 restaurants in over 100 countries and the United States territories. Its Burger King (BK) and Tim Hortons (TH) brands have similar franchised business models. December 6th the company increased its quarterly dividend 6.3% to $0.17 per share. The dividend is payable January 4, 2017 to stockholders of record on December 8, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of December 6, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 1.1%.

Selecting stocks with increasing dividends is critical for an income growth strategy. The above list contains stocks that recently raised their dividends; it is not a list of recommend buys. As always, due diligence should be performed before buying or selling any stock. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: No position in the aforementioned securities. See a list of all my Dividend Growth Portfolio holdings here.

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Tags: BMY, ABT, MA, VTR, BMO, VFC, QSR, ECL, CHRW, AL, EIX, TEL,

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