12 Companies Boosting Dividends

These companies have upped payouts for 5 straight years or more

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12 Companies Boosting Dividends

MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE:MDU) operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company generates, transmits and distributes electricity, as well as distributes natural gas. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 3.1% to 16.75 cents per share. This marked the 21st consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend achiever. Yield: 3.3%

Nike, Inc. (NYSE:NKE), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment and accessory products for men, women and children worldwide. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 16.1% to 36 cents per share. This marked the 10th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend achiever. Yield: 1.6%

Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP), through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 26.3% to 60 cents per share. This marked the sixth consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend stock. Yield: 2.4%

New Jersey Resources Corporation (NYSE:NJR) provides retail and wholesale energy services. It operates in two segments: Natural Gas Distribution and Energy Services. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 5.6% to 38 cents per share. This marked the 17th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend achiever. Yield: 3.2%

Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition and management of precious metal royalties. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 36.4% to 15 cents per share. This marked the 11th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend achiever. Yield: 0.8%

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG), through its subsidiaries, underwrites commercial and personal property and casualty insurance coverage in the United States. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 9.1% to 30 cents per share. This marked the eighth consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend stock. Yield: 3.2%

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:SFG), through its subsidiaries, provides group insurance products and services in the United States. The company raised its annual dividend by 3.5% to 89 cents per share. This marked the 14th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend stock. Yield: 2.7%

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