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12 Companies Increasing Dividends

General Electric, Amgen make waves in their quarterly payouts

   

IncreasingDividends 12 Companies Increasing DividendsWith the fiscal cliff still looming, many companies have tossed out special one-time dividends or sped up their fourth-quarter payments. At the same time, a few more have simply upped their rewards for investors — in both this year and next.

This week, 12 firms joined our list of Companies Increasing Dividends. (Note: All new yields are as of Dec. 14 midday prices.)

Gold producer Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYSE:AEM) raised its quarterly dividend 10% to 22 cents per share, payable March 15, 2013, to shareholders of record as of March 1.
AEM Dividend Yield: 1.65%

The world’s largest biotechnology company, Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), raised its quarterly dividend 31% to 47 cents per share, payable on March 7, 2013, to shareholders of record on Feb. 13. The company also announced a $2 billion share repurchase program.
AMGN Dividend Yield: 2.09%

Pharmacy and drug store CVS Caremark (NYSE:CVS) raised its quarterly dividend 35% to 22.5 cents per share, payable Feb. 4, 2013, to shareholders of record on Jan. 24.
CVS Dividend Yield: 1.82%

Diversified technology giant General Electric (NYSE:GE) raised its quarterly payout 12% to 19 cents per share, payable on Jan. 25, 2013, to shareholders of record as of Dec. 24, 2012. That makes for the company’s fifth increase in three years.
GE Dividend Yield: 3.50%

Diversified products and services company Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR) increased its dividend 31% to 21 cents per share, payable on Dec. 28 to shareholders of record on Dec. 14.
IR Dividend Yield: 1.75%

Linear analog integrated circuits manufacturer Linear Technology (NASDAQ:LLTC) raised its quarterly dividend 4% to 26 cents per share, payable on Dec. 28, 2012, to stockholders of record as of Dec. 17.
LLTC Dividend Yield: 3.09%

Independent research and information provider Morningstar (NASDAQ:MORN) raised its quarterly dividend 25% to 12.5 cents per share, payable Dec. 28 to stockholders of record as of Dec. 17. This is the company’s fifth dividend payment in 2012; it opted to pay a dividend this month instead of in January 2013.
MORN Dividend Yield: 0.77%

Norwood Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:NWFL) increased its dividend just over 3% to 31 cents per share, payable Feb. 1, 2013, to shareholders of record on Jan. 15.
NWFL Dividend Yield: 4.19%

Industrial, office, flex and healthcare real estate investment trust One Liberty Properties (NYSE:OLP) raised its quarterly dividend 6.1% to 35 cents per share, payable Jan. 4, 2013, to stockholders of record on Dec. 27, 2012.
OLP Dividend Yield: 7.24%

Specialty home-goods retailers Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR) raised its quarterly dividend 25% to 5 cents per share, payable Jan. 30, 2013, to shareholders of record on Jan. 16.
PIR Dividend Yield: 1.04%

Waste management services and garbage collection company Waste Management (NYSE:WM) raised its quarterly dividend 2.8% to 36.5 cents per share. The Q1 2013 dividend will be formally declared in February, at which time WM will announce the record and payment dates for the dividend, although the payout is expected for March 2013.
WM Dividend Yield: 4.34%

Global consumer products company WD-40 (NASDAQ:WDFC) raised its quarterly dividend 7% to 31 cents per share, payable Jan. 31, 2013, to stockholders of record on Jan. 7.
WDFC Dividend Yield: 2.66%

Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing, he 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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