MSFT, MCD Deliver: 17 Companies Increasing Dividends

by Marc Bastow | September 20, 2013 9:46 am

MSFT, MCD Deliver: 17 Companies Increasing Dividends

With the first two weeks of September behind us, we finally saw a strong burst of activity on the dividend increase front, led by two industry giants. Microsoft (MSFT[1]) rewarded patient investors who’ve watched the stock languish a bit over the year with a big double-digit percentage increase, while McDonald’s (MCD[2]) went the other way, disappointing income investors with a small annual increase.

IncreasingDividends MSFT, MCD Deliver: 17 Companies Increasing Dividends[3]Both were among 17 companies made it onto our Companies Increasing Dividends[4] for the week of September 16. (Note: All dividend yields are as of September 20):

Regulated public utility holding company Artesian Resources (ARNTA[5]) raised its quarterly dividend 1.5% to 20.88 cents per share, payable on Nov. 22 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 8.
ARNTA Dividend Yield: 3.77%

Aerospace and defense company Air Industries (AIRI[6]) raised its quarterly dividend 100% to 12.5 cents per share, payable on Oct. 15 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30.
AIRI Dividend Yield: 6.35%

Bank holding company First of Long Island (FLIC[7]) raised its quarterly dividend 4% to 26 cents per share, payable on Oct. 11 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 3.
FLIC Dividend Yield: 2.73%

Hotel property real estate investment trust Host Hotels (HST[8]) raised its quarterly dividend 9% to 12 cents per share, payable on Oct. 15 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30.
HST Dividend Yield: 2.63%

Electric power holding company Idacorp (IDA[9]) raised its quarterly dividend 13.2% to 43 cents per share, payable on Dec. 2 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 6.
IDA Dividend Yield: 3.57%

Financial bank holding company International Bancshares (IBOC[10]) raised its dividend 15% to 23 cents per share, payable on Oct. 15 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30.
IBOC Dividend Yield: 2.11%

Closed-end investment company Kayne Anderson (KYN[11]) increased its quarterly dividend 2.6% to 59.5 cents per share, payable on Oct. 11 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 4, with an ex-dividend date of October 2. This represents the 12th consecutive quarterly dividend increase.
KYN Dividend Yield: 6.6%

Grocery and department-store retailer Kroger (KR[12]) raised its quarterly dividend 10% to 16.5 cents per share, payable on Dec. 1 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 15.
KR Dividend Yield: 1.61%

Global restaurant franchise giant McDonald’s (MCD[2]) raised its quarterly dividend 5% to 81 cents per share, payable on Dec. 16 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 2. This is the 37th consecutive annual dividend increase for MCD.
MCD Dividend Yield: 3.33%

Software giant Microsoft (MSFT[1]) raised its quarterly dividend 22% to 28 cents per share, payable on Dec. 12 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 21, with an ex-dividend date of November 19. This is MSFT’s 4th consecutive annual dividend increase.
MSFT Dividend Yield: 3.42%

Poultry processor Sanderson Farms (SAFM[13]) raised its quarterly dividend 17% to 20 cents per share, payable on Oct. 15 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 1.
SAFM Dividend Yield: 1.18%

Global children’s publishing house Scholastic (SCHL[14]) raised its quarterly dividend 20% to 15 cents per share, payable on Dec. 16 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 31.
SCHL Dividend Yield: 2.02%

Semiconductor manufacturer Texas Instruments (TXN[15]) raised its quarterly dividend 7% to 30 cents per share, payable on Nov. 18 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 31.
TXN Dividend Yield: 2.94%

Bank and financial holding company Washington Trust (WASH[16]) raised its quarterly dividend 4% to 26 cents per share, payable on Oct. 11 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30.
WASH Dividend Yield: 3.35%

Real estate finance and property real estate investment trust W.P. Carey (WPC[17]) raised its quarterly dividend 2.4% to 86 cents per share, payable on Oct. 15 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30. This is the 50th consecutive quarterly dividend increase for WPC.
WPC Dividend Yield: 5.23%

Quick-service restaurant company Yum! Brands (YUM[18]), which licenses KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut brands, raised its quarterly dividend 10% to 37 cents per share, payable on Nov. 1 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 11. The increase is the 9th consecutive annual double-digit percentage rise in YUM’s dividend.
YUM Dividend Yield: 2.05%

Residential mortgage real estate investment trust Zais Financial (ZFC[19]) raised its quarterly dividend 11% to 50 cents per share, payable on Oct. 11 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30.
ZFC Dividend Yield: 11.08%

Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing he was long MSFT. For more payout winners, see previous weeks’ lists of Companies Increasing Dividends[20].

Endnotes:
  1. MSFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MSFT
  2. MCD: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MCD
  3. [Image]: http://www.investorplace.com/hot-topics/companies-increasing-dividends/
  4. Companies Increasing Dividends: http://investorplace.com/search/?q=marc+bastow+companies+increasing+dividends&searchsubmit=Search
  5. ARNTA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ARNTA
  6. AIRI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AIRI
  7. FLIC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=FLIC
  8. HST: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HST
  9. IDA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=IDA
  10. IBOC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=IBOC
  11. KYN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KYN
  12. KR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KR
  13. SAFM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SAFM
  14. SCHL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SCHL
  15. TXN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TXN
  16. WASH: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WASH
  17. WPC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WPC
  18. YUM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=YUM
  19. ZFC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ZFC
  20. Companies Increasing Dividends: http://www.investorplace.com/hot-topics/companies-increasing-dividends/

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