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How to Look Beyond Dividend Increases For Problems

5 companies raising dividends that might not be good plays

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Brinker International (NYSE:EAT) owns, develops, operates, and franchises various restaurant brands primarily in the United States. The company raised its quarterly dividends by 25% to 20 cents per share. This dividend paying company has raised distributions for 8 years in a row. Yield: 2.30%

Delta Natural Gas (NYSE:DGAS) distributes or transports natural gas in central and southeastern Kentucky. The company raised its quarterly dividends by 2.90% to 18 cents per share. This dividend paying company has raised distributions for 8 years in a row. Yield: 3.60%

Atrion (NASDAQ:ATRI) , together with its subsidiaries, develops and manufactures fluid delivery devices, and ophthalmic and cardiovascular products primarily for medical applications in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company raised its quarterly dividends by 14.30% to 56 cents per share. This dividend paying company has raised distributions for 10 years in a row. Yield: 1%

HCC Insurance Holdings  (NYSE:HCC) underwrites non-correlated specialty insurance products worldwide. The company raised its quarterly dividends by 6.50% to 16.50 cents per share. This dividend achiever has raised distributions for 16 years in a row. Yield: 2%

Westlake Chemical (NYSE:WLK) manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and fabricated building products. The company raised its quarterly dividends by 154.20% to 18.75 cents per share. This dividend paying company has raised distributions for 9 years in a row. Yield: 1.10%

For the above five companies, I would keep an eye but would pass for now, due to the fact that they offer low yields and do not have long histories of dividend increases. That being said, I would add Brinker International to my list for further research.

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