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18 Companies Increasing Dividends

Murphy Oil, Norfolk Southern, Seagate top payout performers

IncreasingDividends 18 Companies Increasing DividendsThe earnings reports keep rolling in, and though the season is winding down for companies announcing quarterly results, there were plenty of high-profile names reporting results — and more importantly for dividend seekers, boosting payouts.

Though the week’s news was dominated by the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and the July employment report, we can’t neglect the growing number of companies boosting payouts to shareholders. 18 companies made it onto our Companies Increasing Dividends list this week:

Behemoth natural gas and midstream energy firm Access Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:ACMP), formerly known as Chesapeake Midstream Partners, turned up the heat on its quarterly distribution by 3.7% to 42 cents per unit. The new distribution will be payable on Aug. 14 to unitholders of record as of Aug. 7. The new dividend yield, based on the July 30 closing price of $28.46 (the day the distribution was announced), is 5.9%.

Holding company Alliance Holdings Group (NASDAQ:AHGP) was formed to own and manage Alliance Resource Management GP, LLC, the managing general partner of Alliance Resource Partners, LP (NASDAQ:ARLP), which produces and transports coal. The company dug into its fiscal mountain and unearthed a 4.5% bump in its quarterly distribution to 69.75 cents per unit. The new distribution will be paid on Aug. 17 to unitholders of record as of Aug. 10. The new dividend yield, based on the July 27 closing price of $45.17, is 6.18%.

Insurance holding company American Financial Group (NYSE:AFG) raised the premium it pays to shareholders by 11.4% to 78 cents per share. The new payout will begin with the first dividend after Oct. 1. The new dividend yield, based on the July 30 closing price of $37.91, is 2.06%.

Commercial REIT Apartment Investment & Management (NYSE:AIV), more commonly referred to as Aimco, raised the rent it pays shareholders each quarter by 11.1% to 20 cents per share. The new dividend check will be cut on Aug. 31 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 17. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 1 closing price of $27.08, is 2.95%.

The nation’s largest publicly traded water utility, Aqua America (NYSE:WTR), put a fiscal filter on its quarterly payout, filling shareholders’ glasses with a 6.1% bigger payout. The new dividend isn’t payable until Dec. 1 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 16. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 2 closing price of $25.72, is 2.72%.

Diversified building materials, agriculture and health care firm Carlisle Co. (NYSE:CSL) makes an amazing array of products, and sales of those products enabled the company to lift its quarterly payout 11.1% to 20 cents per share. The new dividend is payable Sept. 1 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 17. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 2 closing price of $48.25, is 1.66%. This is the 36th consecutive year of dividend increases for Carlisle shareholders.

Securities exchange CBOE Holdings (NASDAQ:CBOE) turned up the trade for shareholders with a 25% boost in its quarterly dividend. The new payout of 15 cents per share will be in shareholder accounts on Sept. 21 to owners of record as of Aug. 31. The new dividend yield, based on the July 31 closing price of $28.50, is 2.11%.

Regional energy utility firm Cleco CP (NYSE:CNL) increased the power of its dividend by 8% to 33.75 cents per share. The new payment will be made on or about Aug. 15. The new dividend yield, based on the July 27 closing price of $44.19, is 3.05%.

Petroleum products and fertilizer maker CVR Partners LP (NYSE:UAN) moved to increase the largess it pays to unitholders by 14.8% to 60 cents per unit. The new distribution will be delivered on Aug. 14 to unitholders of record as of Aug. 7. The new dividend yield, based on the July 27 closing price of $24.96, is 9.62%.

Diversified manufacturing firm Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) manufactured an 11% bigger payout to shareholder of 35 cents per share. The new payment will show up in shareholder accounts on Sept. 15 to owners of record as of Aug. 31. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 2 closing price of $53.57, is 2.61%.

Enbridge Energy Partners LP (NYSE:EEP) operates a portfolio of oil and natural gas concerns, and the success of those operations allowed Enbridge to increase its payment to unitholders by 2.1% to 54.35 cents per unit. The new distribution is payable on Aug. 14 to unitholders of record on Aug. 7. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 1 closing price of $29.83, is 7.27%.

Online travel website Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) booked a huge 44.4% increase in its quarterly dividend accommodations to 13 cents per share. The new payment will take effect beginning next quarter. The new dividend yield, based on the July 30 closing price of $56.12, is 0.93%. Expedia shares soared after the company also reported earnings that handily beat estimates.

Commercial property REIT Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) increased the quarterly payment on its shares by 5.8% to 73 cents per share. The new payout will begin Oct. 15 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 21. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 2 closing price of $107.15, is 2.73%. The increase represents the 45th consecutive year that Federal Realty has increased its common dividend, and that represents the longest record of consecutive annual dividend increases in the REIT sector.

Global REIT General Growth Properties (NYSE:GGP) operates retail malls in the U.S. and Brazil, and this week the company opened its pocketbook and increased its dividend 10% to 11 cents per share. The new dividend is payable Oct. 29 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 15. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 2 closing price of $18.52, is 2.38%.

Petroleum exploration and processing firm Murphy Oil (NYSE:MUR) refined shareholder accounts with a payment increase of 14%. The new quarterly dividend of 31.25 cents a share will be paid Sept. 4 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 17. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 1 closing price of $54.40, is 2.3%.

Railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC) kept its quarterly payout on the right track, increasing its dividend 6.4% to 50 cents per share. The new dividend will be in shareholder boxcars on Sept. 15 if they own the stock by Aug. 13. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 1 closing price of $73.31, is 2.73%.

Hard-drive maker Seagate Technology (NASDAQ:STX) had a hard time of things on the earnings front, just slightly missing analyst expectations. The company did, however, boot up a 28% increase in its quarterly dividend payment to 32 cents per share. The new dividend is payable Aug. 29 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 14. The new dividend yield, based on the July 30 closing price of $30.43, is 4.21%.

Oil, pipeline and acquisition partnership Sunoco Logistics Partners LP (NYSE:SXL) pumped out a 10% higher quarterly distribution to unitholders of 47 cents per unit. The new payment will be put in unitholders’ tanks on Aug. 14 to owners of record on Aug. 8. The new dividend yield, based on the Aug. 2 closing price of $40.11, is 4.69%.

As of this writing, Jim Woods did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. For more payout winners, see previous weeks’ lists of Companies Increasing Dividends.


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