45 Blue-Chip Stocks Increasing Dividends in Q3 2013

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45 Blue-Chip Stocks Increasing Dividends in Q3 2013
KLA-Tencor (KLAC)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment Date Record Date
$0.45/share 12.5% 2.96% Sept. 3 Aug. 16
Kroger (KR)*
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment Date Record Date
$0.165/share 10% 1.64% Dec. 1 Nov. 15
* Goes ex-dividend Nov. 13

Kroger (KR) shareholders have to be beside themselves this year. Kroger shares are up 55% year-to-date, thanks in part to a buyout of grocery chain Harris Teeter (HTSI) that will bolster its presence in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast. And more recently, KR holders got a 10% improvement to their quarterly income checks. Say what you want about the thin-margin grocery business, but the traditional players are killing it, with SuperValu (SVU, +233%) and Safeway (SWY, +77%) joining in the revelry.

Lockheed Martin (LMT)*
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment date Record date
$1.33/share 16% 4.17% Dec. 27 Dec. 2
* Goes ex-dividend Nov. 27
McDonald’s (MCD)*
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment Date Record Date
$0.81/share 5% 3.37% Dec. 16 Dec. 2
* Goes ex-dividend Nov. 27

McDonald’s (MCD) has been relatively kicked around this year. While MCD is up 10% this year, that’s roughly half what the S&P 500 has accomplished … plus, McDonald’s essentially has been flat since March thanks to disappointments throughout the year on the top and bottom lines, as well as same-store sales.

Still, McDonald’s dividend remains its redeeming quality, with the newest payout yielding more than 3% and representing MCD’s 37th consecutive years of dividend increases.

Microsoft (MSFT)*
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment Date Record Date
$0.28/share 22% 3.37% Dec. 12 Nov. 21
* Goes ex-dividend Nov. 19

Microsoft (MSFT) has been a roller-coaster story this year, but has (at least so far) come out higher than where it has started. MSFT is up 25% year-to-date, and that’s despite fun headlines such as a $900 million writedown thanks to unsold Surface RTs, and the announcement that Steve Ballmer would be exiting by next year after failing to figure out mobile. Nonetheless, Microsoft stock has managed to maintain much of its first-half gains, and now enters the fourth quarter with rumors that Ford’s (F) Alan Mulally is the lead candidate to take over.

Mondelez (MDLZ)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment Date Record Date
$0.14/share 8% 1.78% Oct. 15 Sept. 30
Monsanto (MON)*
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment Date Record Date
$0.43/share 15% 1.65% Oct. 25 Oct. 4
* Goes ex-dividend Oct. 2
Moody’s (MCO)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment Date Record Date
$0.25/share 25% 1.42% Sept. 10 Aug. 10
Motorola Solutions (MSI)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment Date Record Date
$0.31/share 19% 2.09% Oct. 13 Sept. 13
Nielsen (NLSN)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment date Record date
$0.20/share 25% 2.19% Sept. 11 Aug. 28
Norfolk Southern (NSC)
New Payout % Increase Yield as of 9/30 Payment date Record date
$0.52/share 4% 2.69% Sept. 10 Aug. 2

Railway operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) has chugged along this year, even recovering a slight earnings miss in July, to rack up 25% gains through the end of Q3. Investors also got a little more coin from NSC this past quarter, and at 2.69%, Norfolk Southern still is the highest-yielding of the “big four” railroad stocks.


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