Apple Shines:19 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts

MET and SO join a strong list of dividend payers this week

   
Apple Shines:19 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts

Just in case investors were wondering what software titan Apple (AAPL) might do with its huge cash stash, CEO Tim Cook delighted shareholders with not only a raise in the dividend, but a share buyback bonanza and a 7-for-1 stock split.

IncreasingDividends Apple Shines:19 Dividend Stocks Increasing PayoutsOf course, since it’s earnings season, Apple wasn’t the only dividend stock rewarding investors with increased payouts; utility holding company Southern (SO) also came through, as did insurance sector giant MetLife (MET).

In all, 19 dividend stocks increased their payouts over the past week, including Apple. Here’s a look at the new dividend being paid out to Apple stockholders, as well as other improvements from other dividend stocks in the past couple of weeks.

Software, hardware, mobile devices and media giant Apple (AAPL) raised its quarterly dividend 8% to $3.29 per share payable May 15 to shareholders or record May 12. Apple also announced a 7-1 stock split, effective June 2.
AAPL Dividend Yield: 2.33%

Pressure-sensitive materials producer Avery Dennison (AVY) raised its quarterly dividend 21% to 35 cents per share payable June 18 to shareholders of record June 4.
AVY Dividend Yield: 2.88%

Chemical products manufacturer Celanese (CE) raised its quarterly dividend 39% to 25 cents per share payable payable on May 16 to shareholders of record May 5.
CE Dividend Yield: 1.69%

Pineville, Louisiana-based utility holding company CLECO (CNL) raised its quarterly dividend 10.3% to 40 cents per share payable on May 15. No record or ex-dividend date for the payment was released.
CNL Dividend Yield: 3.13%

Hotel, convention and resort real estate investment trust LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) raised its quarterly dividend 34% to 37.5 cents per share payable July 15 to shareholders of record June 30.
LHO Dividend Yield: 4.66%

Developer, manufacturer and printing supplies distributor Lexmark (LXK) raised its quarterly dividend 20% to 36 cents per share payable June 13 to shareholders of record May 30.
LXK Dividend Yield: 3.45%

Mid-stream energy asset manager Marlin Midstream Partners (FISH) raised its quarterly dividend 1% to 35.5 cents per share payable May 6 to shareholders of record May 1. At nearly an 8% dividend yield, FISH is the highest yielder of this week’s dividend stocks.
FISH Dividend Yield: 7.85%

Insurance, annuity products, and employee benefit programs company MetLife (MET) raised its quarterly dividend 27% to 35 cents per share payable June 13 to shareholders or record May 9.
MET Dividend Yield: 2.74%

Gas exploration and distribution company Noble Exploration (NBL) raised its quarterly dividend 28% to 18 cents per share payable on May 19 to shareholders of record May 5.
NBL Dividend Yield: 0.98%

Self-administered healthcare facilities real estate investment trust Omega Healthcare Investors (OHI) raised its quarterly payout 2% to 50 cents per share payable May 15 to shareholders of record April 30.
OHI Dividend Yield: 5.63%

Birmingham, Alabama-based bank holding company Regions Financial (RF) raised its quarterly payout 66.7% to 5 cents per share payable July 1 to shareholders of record June 13.
RF Dividend Yield: 1.18%

Utilities holding company Southern Company (SO) raised its quarterly payout 15% to 52.5 cents per share payable June 6 to shareholders of record May 5.
SO Dividend Yield: 4.55%

National retail chain Stein Mart (SMRT) raised its quarterly dividend 50% to 7.5 cents per share payable July 18 to shareholders of record July 3.
SMRT Dividend Yield: 2.3%

The biggest increase among our dividend stocks this week came from commercial banking organization SunTrust (STI), which raised its quarterly dividend 100% to 20 cents per share payable June 16 to shareholders for record May 30.
STI Dividend Yield: 2.07%

Home heating oil distributor and services company Star Gas Partners (SGU) raised its quarterly dividend 6% to 8.75 cents per share payable May 9 to shareholders of record May 1.
SGU Dividend Yield: 5.43%

Floor maintenance and cleaning service company Tennant (TNC) raised its quarterly dividend 11% to 20 cents per share payable June 6 to shareholders of record May 30.
TNC Dividend Yield: 1.29%

Personal property and casualty giant Travelers (TRV) raised its quarterly dividend 10% to 55 cents per share payable June 30 to shareholders of record June 10.
TRV Dividend Yield: 2.50%

Natural gas energy giant Williams Partners (WPZ) raised its quarterly dividend 1% to 90.45 cents per share payable May 9 to shareholders of record May 2.
WPZ Dividend Yield: 7.01%

Bank holding and financial company Webster Bank (WBS) raised its quarterly dividend 33% to 20 cents per share payable June 16 to shareholders of record June 2.
WBS Dividend Yield: 2.63%

Marc Bastow is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace.com. As of this writing he is long SO and AAPL. For more dividend stocks increasing payouts, see previous weeks’ lists of Companies Increasing Dividends.


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