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4 Higher-Yield Stocks Increasing Their Yield

 February 01, 2013 09:13 AM
 


When selecting income investments, the three most important questions to answer are : 1.) Is the investment increasing its dividend each year, 2.) Is the increase likely to continue into the future and 3.) Are you being compensated for the risk you are taking? When you answer yes to all three of the questions, you just might have found an excellent income investment.

Below are several dividend stocks yielding 4%, or more, that recently rewarded their shareholders with increased cash dividends:

Campus Crest Communities, Inc. (CCG), a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, development, building, and management of student housing properties under the Grove brand name in the United States. January 29th the company increased its quarterly dividend 3.1% to $0.66 per share. The dividend is payable on April 10, 2013 to all stockholders of record on March 27, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 5.5%.

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Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (AHGP) produces and markets coal primarily to utilities and industrial users in the United States. It produces a range of steam coals with varying sulfur and heat contents. January 29th the partnership increased it quarterly distribution 2.8% to $0.74 per unit. The distribution is payable February 19, 2013 to unitholders of record as of the close of trading on February 12, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 5.9%.

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CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (CNP) operates as a public utility holding company. January 25th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.5% to $0.2075 per share. The dividend is payable on March 8, 2013, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 15, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 4.1%.

CMS Energy Corporation (CMS) operates as an energy company primarily in Michigan. January 25th the company increased its quarterly dividend 6% to $0.255 per share. The dividend is payable Feb. 28, 2013 to shareholders of record on Feb. 8, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 4.0%.

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

Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIV) is a real estate investment manager that engages in the acquisition, ownership, management, and redevelopment of apartment properties. January 31st the company increased its quarterly dividend 26% to 0.24 per share. The dividend is payable February 28, 2013, to stockholders of record on February 15, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 3.5%.

Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) operates as a cable operator in the United States. January 31st the company increased its quarterly dividend 16% to $0.65 per share. The dividend is payable March 15, 2013 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 28, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.

Tupperware Brands Corporation (TUP) operates as a direct seller of various products across a range of brands and categories through an independent sales force worldwide. January 29th the company increased its quarterly dividend 72% to $0.62 per share. The dividend is payable April 5, 2013 to shareholders of record as of March 20, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 3.3%.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG) provide insurance brokerage and risk management services to various commercial, industrial, institutional, and governmental organizations. January 24th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.9% to $0.35 per share. The dividend is payable on March 20, 2013 to stockholders of record as of March 4, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 3.9%.

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: No position in the aforementioned securities. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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