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25 Companies Raising Distribution In 2012’s Busiest Week For Dividend Increases
By: Dividend Growth Investor   Wednesday, May 2, 2012 9:44 AM
Symbols: ARTNA, BHB, BOKF, CBRL, CFR, CVX, EP, EPB, EPL, EVEP, FISI, GRC, GWW, HBHC, IBM, JNJ, SUN, SXL, SXT, TXCO, UGI, VMI, XOM
Yield: 9.10%

Artesian Resources Corporation (ARTNA), through its subsidiaries, provides water, wastewater, and engineering services on the Delmarva Peninsula. The company raised its quarterly dividend to 19.78 cents/share. This dividend achiever has raised distributions for 14 years in a row. Yield: 4.10%

Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (CFR) operates as the holding company for The Frost National Bank that offers commercial and consumer banking, and other financial products and services primarily in Texas. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 4.30% to 48 cents/share. This marked the 19th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend achiever. Yield: 3.25%

UGI Corporation (UGI), through its subsidiaries, distributes and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 3.80% to 27 cents/share. This marked the 25th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. Yield: 4%

Bar Harbor Bankshares (BHB) operates as the holding company for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust that provides various banking products and services to individuals, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and municipalities primarily in Hancock, Washington, and Knox counties. The company raised its quarterly dividend to 29 cents/share. Bar Harbor Bankshares has boosted distributions for 9 consecutive years. Yield: 3.10%

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL), through its subsidiaries, engages in the development and operation of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 60% to 40 cents/share. This marked the tenth consecutive annual dividend increase for Cracker Barrel. Yield: 2.80%

BOK Financial Corporation (BOKF), a financial holding company, offers a range of financial products and services to commercial and industrial customers, and other financial institutions and consumers. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 15.20% to 38 cents/share. This was the second dividend increase in a year. BOK Financial Corporation has raised dividends for 7 years in a row. Yield: 2.80%

Ameriprise Financial Inc. (AMP), through its subsidiaries, provides a range of financial products and services in the United States and internationally. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 25% to 35 cents/share. This marked the ninth consecutive annual dividend increase for Ameriprise Financial. Yield: 2.70%

Sensient Technologies Corporation (SXT) and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture and sale of colors, flavors, and fragrances worldwide. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 4.80% to 22 cents/share. This marked the seventh consecutive annual dividend increase for Sensient Technologies. Yield: 2.30%

The Gorman-Rupp Company (GRC) designs, manufactures, and sells pumps and related fluid control equipment and systems worldwide. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 11.10% to 10 cents/share. This marked the 40th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. Yield: 1.35%

Valmont Industries, Inc. (VMI) produces and sells fabricated metal products, pole and tower structures, and mechanized irrigation systems in the United States and internationally. The company raised its quarterly dividend by 25% to 22.50 cents/share. This marked the 12th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend achiever. Yield: 0.70%

Full Disclosure: Long JNJ,CVX, XOM, GWW

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