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20 Dividend Stocks Giving Shareholders A Raise
By: Dividends4Life   Friday, February 10, 2012 10:40 AM
Symbols: AVA, CCE, CHSP, CSK, DBD, FCX, FNF, HME, III, KO, LLL, MMM, OMC, OMI, OXY, SIX, SPG, TWX, TXCO, UPS, WU
The dividend is payable payable March 30, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 16, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 2.0%.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE) engages in the production, distribution, and marketing of non-alcoholic beverages of The Coca-Cola Company in western Europe. February 7th the company increased its quarterly dividend 23% to $0.16 per share. The dividend is payable March 22, 2012 to shareowners of record on March 9, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.3%.

Owens & Minor, Inc. (OMI) provides distribution, third-party logistics, and other supply-chain management services to healthcare providers and suppliers of medical and surgical products. February 6th the company increased its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.22 per share. The dividend is payable on March 30, 2012, to shareholders of record as of March 15, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.

Home Properties, Inc. (HME), a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, operation, acquisition, development, and rehabilitation of apartment communities in the United States. February 6th the company increased its quarterly dividend 6.5% to $0.66 per share. The dividend is payable on February 28, 2012 to shareholders of record on February 16, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 4.3%.

R.G. Barry Corporation (DFZ) engages in designing, sourcing, marketing, and distributing consumer products in the retail accessories category primarily in North America. February 6th the company increased its quarterly dividend 14% to $0.08 per share. The dividend is payable March 5, 2012 to common shareholders of record on February 20, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.4%.

Avista Corporation (AVA), an energy company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of energy and other energy-related businesses in the United States and Canada. February 3rd the company increased its quarterly dividend 5.5% to $0.29 per share. The dividend is payable March 15, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Feb. 24, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 4.5%.

Simon Property Group, Inc. (SPG) is an independent equity real estate investment trust. It engages in investment, ownership, and management of properties. February 3rd the company increased its quarterly dividend 5.6% to $0.95 per share. The dividend is payable on February 29, 2012 to stockholders of record on February 15, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.8%.

Selecting stocks with increasing dividends is critical for an income growth strategy. The above list contains stocks that recently raised their dividends and those expected to in 2012; it is not a list of recommend buys. As always, due diligence should be performed before buying or selling any stock. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: Long MMM, OMI in my Dividend Growth Portfolio, AVA in my High-Yield Portfolio. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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