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50 Blue-Chip Stocks Increasing Dividends in Q1 2013

These big names now feature even bigger quarterly payouts

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Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment Date Record Date
$0.1452/share 10% 2.21% TBA TBA

You can’t really be too positive about Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ). After all, the comp …

… oh wait. It’s 2013, not 2012. And — at least for now — it’s a whole new ballgame for the previously struggling tech giant. HPQ has rebounded from years of losses, including a 45% haircut in 2012, with a 67% run in Q1 2013 that has put it among the 10 best S&P 500 stocks for the quarter. Now, shareholders will have some extra income to go along with those big capital returns.

HollyFrontier (HFC)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment Date Record Date
$0.30/share 50% 2.33% April 2 March 15
Hormel (HRL)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment Date Record Date
$0.17/share 13% 1.65% Feb. 15 Jan. 22
Kansas City Southern (KSU)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment Date Record Date
$0.215/share 10% 0.78% April 3 March 11
Kinder Morgan (KMI)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment Date Record Date
$0.37/share 19% 3.83% Feb. 15 Jan. 31
Kimberly-Clark (KMB)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment Date Record Date
$0.81/share 9.5% 3.31% April 2 March 8
KKR (KKR)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.70/share 191.67% 6.31% March 7 Feb. 14

Take a bow, KKR (NYSE:KKR) — you made what easily was one of the biggest dividend splashes of Q1. The global investment firm puffed its chest after improving earnings from $1.92 million in 2011 to $560 million in 2012, opting to nearly triple its dividend this past quarter. KKR now yields a mouth-watering 6%-plus.

Limited Brands (LTD)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.30/share 20% 2.69% March 8 Feb. 22
Lorillard (LO)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.55/share 6.5% 5.45% March 11 March 1
MasterCard (MA)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.60/share 100% 0.44% May 9 April 9

Another big dividend splash came from the payment processor front, with credit card giant MasterCard (NYSE:MA) doubling its dividend to 60 cents quarterly. MasterCard, Visa (NYSE:V) and the rest of the industry’s big names have surged out of the Great Recession amid an explosion in global credit transactions, with MA itself posting an average of 40% gains annually in the past three years.

Mattel (MAT)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.36/share 16.1% 3.29% March 8 Feb. 22
McGraw-Hill (MHP)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.28/share 9.8% 2.15% March 12 Feb. 26
Nordstrom (JWN)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.30/share 11% 2.17% March 22 March 11
Occidental Petroleum (OXY)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.64/share 18.5% 3.27% April 15 March 8
PepsiCo (PEP)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.5375/share 5.56% 2.72% March 29 March 1

Just like its rival Coca-Cola, PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) is an all-around threat of solid dividend income, capital gains and a business you can believe in for more of the same. The company has improved a market-beating 15% year-to-date, and the diversified maker of beverages and snacks is attacking on a number of fronts, including updates and ad pushes to its classic Pepsi soft drink line.

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 3/29 Payment date Record date
$0.28/share 33% 2.85% May 2 April 11

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