Included in the list are a number of REITs, a telecom giant and the nation’s No. 2 burger chain … not to mention three InvestorPlace Dependable Dividend Stocks.
In all, 26 companies made it into the Companies Increasing Dividends list. (Note: All new yields are as of Nov. 9 midday prices.)
Lease-to-own retailer Aaron’s (NYSE:AAN) raised its quarterly dividend 13.3% to 17 cents per share, payable Jan. 4, 2013, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Dec. 3, 2012.
AAN Dividend Yield: 0.23%
Natural gas distributor and storage firm Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) raised its quarterly dividend 3% to 35 cents per share, payable Dec. 10 to shareholders of record on Nov. 26. Atmos Energy has increased dividends in 25 straight years and is a Dependable Dividend Stock.
ATO Dividend Yield: 4.01%
Telecommunications and services giant AT&T (NYSE:T), another Dependable Dividend Stock, raised its quarterly dividend 2.3% to 45 cents per share, payable Feb. 1, 2013, to shareholders of record Jan. 8, 2013. The hike represents the company’s 29th consecutive yearly dividend increase.
T Dividend Yield: 5.37%
Bank holding company Bank Mutual (NASDAQ:BKMU) doubled its quarterly commercial to 2 cents per share, payable Nov. 30 to shareholders of record on Nov. 16.
BKMU Dividend Yield: 1.9%
Outsourcing and management consulting firm Barrett Business (NASDAQ:BBSI) increased its quarterly dividend 18% to 13 cents per share, payable Dec. 14 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 30.
BBSI Dividend Yield: 1.64%
Real estate investment trust Boston Properties (NYSE:BXP) raised its quarterly dividend 18% to 65 cents per share, payable Jan. 29, 2013, to shareholders of record on Dec. 31, 2012.
BXP Dividend Yield: 2.12%
Internet access and IP provider Cogent Communications (NASDAQ:CCOI) raised its dividend 10% to 11 cents per share, payable Dec. 12 to shareholders of record on Nov. 21.
CCOI Dividend Yield: 2.09%
Natural gas producer and transportation company DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE:DPM) raised its quarterly distribution 1.5% to 68 cents per unit, payable Nov. 14 to unitholders of record at the close of business Nov. 7.
DPM Dividend Yield: 6.23%
Educational services company DeVry (NYSE:DV) raised its annual dividend 13% to 34 cents per share. The dividend is payable on a semi-annual basis, with the next dividend payment of 17 cents per share made on Dec. 19 to common stockholders of record as of Nov. 30.
DV Dividend Yield: 1.2%
Software and e-commerce solutions provider Ebix (NASDAQ:EBIX) raised its quarterly dividend 50% to 7.5 cents per share. The increase will take effect with the February 2013 dividend payment; the record date and payment date will be announced in February.
EBIX Dividend Yield: 1.12%
Engineering solutions and services provider Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) raised its quarterly dividend 25% to 41 cents per share, payable Dec. 10 to stockholders of record on Nov. 16.
EMR Dividend Yield: 3.25%
Self-managed REIT Extra Space Storage (NYSE:EXR) raised its dividend 25% to 25 cents per share, payable Dec. 31 to stockholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 10.
EXR Dividend Yield: 2.26%
Interactive multi-channel retailer HSN (NASDAQ:HSNI) raised its quarterly dividend 44% to 18 cents per share, payable Dec. 19 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 5.
HSNI Dividend Yield: 1.4%
North American shopping center REIT Kimco Realty (NYSE:KIM) raised its quarterly dividend 10.5% to 21 cents per share, payable Jan. 13, 2013, to shareholders of record on Jan. 2, 2013.
KIM Dividend Yield: 4.43%
Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt (NYSE:LEG), a Dependable Dividend Stock, increased its quarterly dividend 3.6% to 29 cents per share. No dates were announced, but this is the 41st straight annual increase in LEG’s dividend.
LEG Dividend Yield: 4.33%