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IncreasingDividends 20 Companies Increasing DividendsIt’s the thick of earnings season, and the parade of companies reporting better-than-expected numbers marches on. Along with what has been a stellar earnings season thus far, we’ve also seen a deluge of dividend divas increasing their payouts to shareholders.

This week was no exception, as a score of companies moved to make their respective owners happier. 20 companies made it onto our Companies Increasing Dividends list this week:

Energy services holding company AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS) opened the valve on its quarterly payout by 2.2% to 46 cents per share. The dividend will be paid June 1 to shareholders of record as of May 18. The new dividend yield, based on the May 3 closing price of $38.55 (the day the dividend was announced), is 4.77%. The stalwart energy concern has paid dividends every quarter since 1958.

Industrial specialty gases maker Airgas (NYSE:ARG) inflated its quarterly largess to shareholders, raising its dividend 25% to 40 cents per share. The new dividend is payable June 29 to shareholders of record as of June 15. The new dividend yield, based on the May 3 closing price of $92.04, is 1.74%.

Electronic instrument maker Ametek (NYSE:AME) turned up the dial on its quarterly dividend by 50% to 6 cents per share. The new dividend is payable June 29 to shareholders of record as of June 15. The new dividend also comes with a 3-for-2 stock split. The new dividend yield, based on the May 1 closing price of $51.07, is 0.7%.

Mining giant Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX) dug into its fiscal soil and unearthed a 33% increase in its quarterly payout to 20 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid June 15 to shareholders of record as of May 31. The new dividend yield, based on the May 2 closing price of $39.36, is 2.03%.

Energy MLP Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE:BWP) added to its dividend pipeline, raising its payout to unitholders nearly 1% to 53.25 cents per unit. The new distribution is payable May 17 to unitholders of record as of May 10. The new dividend yield, based on the April 30 closing price of $27.63, is 7.71%.

Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) moved to improve the vitality of its quarterly payout, increasing its dividend 10.5% to 23.75 cents per share. The payout will be made on July 15 to shareholders of record as of July 1. The new dividend yield, based on the May 2 closing price of $42.42, is 2.24%. This marks the 111th consecutive quarter of dividends from Cardinal.

Natural gas firm Chesapeake Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:CHKM) turned up the heat on its quarterly distribution by 15.7% to 40.5 cents per unit. The new payout is scheduled for delivery on May 15 to unitholders of record as of May 8. The new dividend yield, based on the April 27 closing price of $27.87, is 5.81%.

Paper products manufacturer Domtar Corp (NYSE:UFS) put a new package around its dividend, increasing the payout 29% to 45 cents per share. The new dividend is payable on July 16 to shareholders of record as of June 15. The new dividend yield, based on the May 2 closing price of $88.04, is 2.04%.

Health insurance giant Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) moved to ensure shareholders that its dividend was in good shape, as the company raised its quarterly payout 4% to 26 cents per share. The new dividend is payable July 27 to shareholders of record as of June 29. The new dividend yield, based on the May 1 closing price of $84.33, is 1.23%.

Real estate and investment management firm Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) increased its semi-annual dividend by 33% to 20 cents per share. The new dividend is payable June 15 to shareholders of record as of May 15. The new dividend yield, based on the May 2 closing price of $85.09, is 0.47%.


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