As investors remained pessimistic following the natural disaster in Japan, and fall in oil prices, several companies tried to boost the market's confidence by declaring their future dividend plans. Some notable dividend payers are discussed here.
Xilinx Inc (NASDAQ: XLNX) fell 0.49 percent or $0.16 to $32.17 despite increasing its quarterly dividend by 3cents to 19 cents per share.
Tal International Group Inc (NYSE: TAL) added 1.46 percent or $0.51 to $35.52, after the company raised its quarterly dividend to 45 cents per share from 37.5 cents.
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Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd (NYSE: TNP) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per common share, payable on April 28, 2011 to shareholders of record on April 19, 2011. TNP gained 4.58 percent or $0.43 to $9.81 after the news.
STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM) gained 1.43 percent or $0.18 to $12.76 as it intends to increase its annual cash dividend to $0.40 per share.
Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT) lost 0.25 percent or $0.14 to $56, despitethe company declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.49 per share. The dividend is payable on April 18, 2011 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2011,
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Cogdell Spencer Inc (NYSE: CSA) announced a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per common share, payable on April 20, 2011. However, CSA fell 2 percent or $0.12 to $5.89.
DuPont Fabros Technology Inc (NYSE: DFT) declared a cash dividend of $0.21 per share, payable on April 15, 2011 to shareholders of record on March 29, 2011. DFT slipped 0.43 percent or $0.10 to $23.05.
BioMed Realty Trust Inc (NYSE: BMR) announced a 17.6 percent increase in its Q1 2011 dividend to $0.20 per common share. The dividend is payable on April 15, 2011 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2011. However, BMR lost 1.45 percent or $0.25 to $16.99.