It’s the calm before the storm in terms of the number of companies increasing dividends over the past two weeks.
And while the total number of companies was small, there were still some big corporate names making shareholders happy.
Over the past fortnight, a defense giant, a management consulting behemoth and a high-end retailer all moved to reward their respective shareholders a little more.
Here are six dividend stocks increasing payouts.
Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts
Accenture (ACN) boosted its semiannual cash dividend 7.8% to $1.10 per share from $1.02. The management consulting and technology firm will make the newly enhanced dividend payable Nov. 13 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 16. Accenture shares will become ex-dividend on Oct. 14.
ACN Dividend Yield: 2.18%
Clarcor (CLC) filtered through its financials and aired out a 10% increase in its quarterly dividend to 22 cents per share from 20 cents. The auto and industrial filtration and environmental products maker will deliver the new dividend on Oct. 23 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 13. CLC shares go ex-dividend on Oct. 8.
CLC Dividend Yield: 1.76%
Lockheed Martin (LMT) turned on the afterburners for shareholders by increasing its dividend by 10% to $1.65 per share vs. $1.50. The defense and aerospace giant’s new dividend is payable Dec. 24 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 1. The shares will become ex-dividend Nov. 27.
LMT Dividend Yield: 3.14%
New Residential Investment Corp. (NRZ) increased the rent it sends to shareholders by 2.2%, or a penny, to 46 cents per share from 45 cents. The residential property REIT’s new dividend will be sent Oct. 30 to stock residents of record as of Oct. 5. NRZ shares were ex-dividend on Oct. 1.
NRZ Dividend Yield: 14.15%
Thor Industries (THO) will take shareholders for a fun fiscal trip, upping its dividend 11.1% to 30 cents per share from 27 cents. The recreational-vehicle maker will add to its fiscal horsepower on Oct. 30 for shareholders of record as of Oct. 16. Thor goes ex-dividend on Oct. 14.
THO Dividend Yield: 2.25%
Nordstrom (JWN) announced a special dividend of $4.85 per share, payable Oct. 27 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 12. The high-end department store retailer’s share will become ex-dividend Oct. 7.
The yield on JWN’s special dividend is 6.5%. Regular dividends for the company are currently 37 cents, with a dividend yield of about 2%.
As of this writing, Jim Woods did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.