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This Stock Has Raised its Dividend for an Astounding 56 Consecutive Years

 November 13, 2012 11:23 AM
 



56 years is a long time to do anything. In 1956 (56 years ago) a new car cost around $2,050. The U.S. population was 169 million and the world population was at 2.8 billion. A gallon of gas in U.S. cost 22 cents, while a loaf of bread cost 18 cents. Gold was $35 an ounce and silver was 90 cents an ounce. You could mail a letter first class for just 3 cents.

Elvis Presley made his first television appearance on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. Ernie Kovacs becomes the host for NBC's The Tonight Show on Mondays and Tuesdays. Bob Barker makes his first appearance on Truth or Consequences. An estimated 45 million people watched The Wizard of Oz in its TV debut on CBS.

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Around the World in 80 Days won the Academy Award for best motion picture. Yul Brynner in the King and I won Best Actor, while Ingrid Bergman won Best Actress in Anastasia. Norma Jean Mortenson changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. Celebrities born in 1956 include Mel Gibson, Bill Maher, Joe Montana, Jerry Hall, Montel Williams and Terry Labonte.

The Platters were singing "The Great Pretender." Elvis Presley released "Hound Dog" and "Heartbreak Hotel." Dean Martin's hit was "Memories are Made of This." Carl Perkins sang "Blue Suede Shoes" and Johnny Cash's hit song was "I Walk the Line."

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What were you doing 56 years ago in 1956. Some of use weren't even born. However, one company notched its first dividend increase in what would become an eye-popping 56 year continuous string. Who is this company? It is...

Emerson Electric Co. (EMR)

The company engages in designing and supplying products and technology, and delivering engineering services and solutions to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. November 6th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.5% to $0.41 per share. The dividend is payable December 10, 2012, to stockholders of record November 16, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 3.2%.

Below are several other companies that have recently increased their cash dividends to shareholders:

Utah Medical Products, Inc. (UTMD) produces medical devices for the healthcare industry primarily in the United States and Europe. November 8th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2% to $0.245 per share. The dividend is payable December 28, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 13, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.

Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (MHLD) provides reinsurance solutions to regional and specialty insurers primarily in the United States and Europe. November 7th the company increased its quarterly dividend 12.5% to $0.09 per share. The dividend is payable on December 17, 2012 to shareholders of record as of December 1, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 4.3%.

Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO) engages in the distribution, transmission, and storage of natural gas in the United States. November 7th the company increased its quarterly dividend 1.4% to $0.35 per share. The dividend is payable December 10, 2012, to shareholders of record on November 26, 2012. This is the 25th consecutive year that the company has increased its dividend. The yield based on the new payout is 4.0%.

Universal Corporation (UVV) operates as a leaf tobacco merchant and processor worldwide. November 6th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.0% to $0.50 per share. The dividend is payable February 11, 2013, to common shareholders of record at the close of business on January 14, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 4.0%.

Innophos Holdings, Inc. (IPHS) engages in the production of mineral based specialty ingredients that are used in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, oral care, and industrial end markets. November 5th the company increased its quarterly dividend 30% to $0.35 per share. The dividend is payable November 30, 2012 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 16, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.

Vectren Corporation (VVC) provides energy delivery services to residential, commercial, and industrial and other contract customers in Indiana and west central Ohio. November 2nd the company increased its quarterly dividend 1.4% to $0.355 per share. The dividend is payable December 3, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 15, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 4.9%.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF) provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. November 1st the company increased its quarterly dividend 14% to $0.16 per share. The dividend is payable December 28, 2012, to stockholders of record as of December 14, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.

Selecting stocks with increasing dividends is critical for an income growth strategy. The above list contains stocks that recently raised their dividends; 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 EMR in my Dividend Growth portfolio an long VVC in my High-Yield Portfolio. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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