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22 More Dividend Stocks To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date 06/26/15

22 More Dividend Stocks To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

 

Once again this month, we're highlighting companies with histories of raising their dividends year after year, a group that adds extra levels of compounding to those using Dividend Reinvestment (DRIPs) and Dollar-Cost Averaging (DCA). Currently, there are over 300 companies that have raised their dividend for at least five straight years and offer company-sponsored DRIPs. Owning such companies enhances returns by using reinvested dividends that are steadily rising to generate their own dividends.

Among the companies that have recently declared a dividend increase are Lowe's Companies (LOW) (53 straight years), National Fuel Gas (NFG) (45 years), Clorox (CLX) (38 years), and Caterpillar (CAT) (22 years). Buying such stocks just before the Ex-Dividend Date gets the “compounding machine” running as soon as possible, so keeping an eye on the previous year's increase date provides a distinct advantage over other investors.

Here's a sampling of candidates that have established a history of steadily rising dividends and have Ex-Dividend Dates coming up in the next several weeks:

 

Company Name

Ticker
Symbol

No.
Yrs

5/29
Price

Div.
Yield

MR%
Inc.

LY
Ex-Div

Ann.
Div.

DGR
5-yr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valmont Industries

VMI

13

124.45

1.21

50.00

6/25/14

1.50

17.4

Medtronic plc

MDT

37

76.32

1.60

8.93

7/1/14

1.22

8.3

ConocoPhillips

COP

14

63.68

4.59

5.80

7/17/14

2.92

14.0

National Retail Properties

NNN

25

37.51

4.48

3.70

7/29/14

1.68

1.9

American States Water

AWR

60

38.43

2.22

5.19

8/13/14

0.85

10.4

Aqua America Inc.

WTR

23

26.32

2.51

8.55

8/13/14

0.66

7.6

Duke Energy Corp.

DUK

10

75.73

4.20

1.92

8/13/14

3.18

2.2

J.M. Smucker Co.

SJM

17

118.55

2.16

10.34

8/13/14

2.56

12.2

Carlisle Companies

CSL

38

99.15

1.01

13.64

8/14/14

1.00

8.3

Chemed Corp.

CHE

6

124.19

0.71

10.00

8/14/14

0.88

18.5

Ryder System

R

10

91.65

1.61

8.82

8/14/14

1.48

8.1

Marathon Oil Corp.

MRO

5

27.19

3.09

10.53

8/18/14

0.84

6.9

Walgreens Boots Alliance

WBA

39

85.84

1.57

7.14

8/19/14

1.35

21.2

Cummins Inc.

CMI

9

135.55

2.30

24.80

8/20/14

3.12

32.0

Hershey Company

HSY

5

92.86

2.30

10.31

8/21/14

2.14

11.4

Nordson Corp.

NDSN

51

80.91

1.09

22.22

8/22/14

0.88

16.8

Badger Meter Inc.

BMI

22

64.52

1.18

5.56

8/27/14

0.76

10.0

Crane Company

CR

10

60.53

2.18

10.00

8/27/14

1.32

9.5

Delta Natural Gas

DGAS

10

20.63

3.88

5.26

8/27/14

0.80

3.9

Dover Corp.

DOV

59

75.40

2.12

6.67

8/27/14

1.60

12.7

MGE Energy Inc.

MGEE

39

38.73

2.92

3.96

8/27/14

1.13

2.6

Conn. Water Service

CTWS

45

35.25

2.92

4.04

8/28/14

1.03

2.3

 

No.Yrs=Consecutive years of higher dividends; MR=Most Recent; DGR=Dividend Growth Rate. For a list of No-fee company-sponsored DRIPs, click here: http://www.directinvesting.com/search/no_fees_list.cfm


Note that it may take several weeks to complete the enrollment in a company's DRIP, so becoming a participant in the plan may mean missing the next dividend, but the important thing to remember is that another dividend is just around the corner, so patience - always important in long-term investing--will pay its own dividend over time.