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31 Dividend Stocks About to Boost Shareholder Return 11/16/15

31 Dividend Stocks About to Boost Shareholder Return

 

As we enter the holiday season, we can celebrate the benefits provided by companies with lengthy streaks of annual dividend increases, a feature that enhances the compounding achieved by using Dividend Reinvestment (DRIPs) and Dollar-Cost Averaging (DCA). Currently, there are more than 300 companies that have raised their dividend for at least five straight years and offer company-sponsored DRIPs. Owning such companies magnifies returns by using reinvested dividends that are steadily rising to generate dividends of their own.


    Among the companies that have recently declared a dividend increase are Arrow Financial (AROW) (22 years, Ex-Div. 12/1/15), Dow Chemical (DOW)(6 years, Ex-Div. 12/29/15), McDonald's Corp. (MCD) (40 years, Ex-Div. 11/27/15), UMB Financial (UMBF) (24 years, Ex-Div. 12/4/15) and VF Corp. (VFC) (43 years, Ex-Div. 12/4/15). 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 weeks ahead:

 


Company
Name

Ticker
Symbol

No.
Yrs

 

 

10/30

Div.
Yield

MR%
Inc.

LY
Ex-Div

Ann.
Div.

DGR
5-yr

Brown-Forman Class B

BF-B

31

106.18

1.19

8.62

12/2/14

1.26

9.0

Valspar Corp.

VAL

37

80.95

1.48

15.38

12/4/14

1.20

12.5

Lancaster Colony Corp.

LANC

52

113.72

1.62

4.55

12/4/14

1.84

9.0

First Keystone Corp.

FKYS

14

25.19

4.29

3.85

12/5/14

1.08

2.7

Becton Dickinson & Co.

BDX

43

142.52

1.68

10.09

12/8/14

2.40

11.1

Laclede Group Inc.

LG

12

58.57

3.14

4.55

12/9/14

1.84

2.7

Johnson Controls Inc.

JCI

5

45.18

2.30

18.18

12/10/14

1.04

11.1

Eastman Chemical Co.

EMN

5

72.17

2.22

14.29

12/11/14

1.60

9.7

Nike Inc.

NKE

13

131.03

0.85

16.67

12/11/14

1.12

13.5

Ecolab Inc.

ECL

23

120.35

1.10

20.00

12/12/14

1.32

14.5

South Jersey Industries

SJI

16

26.51

3.79

6.35

12/18/14

1.01

9.7

Toro Company

TTC

6

75.27

1.33

25.00

12/19/14

1.00

21.7

CBL & Associates Prop.

CBL

5

14.58

7.27

8.16

12/26/14

1.06

1.7

Franklin Resources

BEN

35

40.76

1.47

25.00

12/29/14

0.60

11.4

McCormick & Co.

MKC

29

83.98

1.91

8.11

12/29/14

1.60

9.0

BioMed Realty Trust Inc.

BMR

5

23.41

4.44

4.00

12/29/14

1.04

2.4

York Water Company

YORW

18

23.18

2.58

4.47

12/29/14

0.60

2.6

Edison International

EIX

12

60.52

2.76

17.61

12/29/14

1.67

2.7

Nucor Corp.

NUE

42

42.30

3.52

0.68

12/29/14

1.49

1.0

Sysco Corp.

SYY

45

41.25

2.91

3.45

12/30/14

1.20

3.9

ABM Industries Inc.

ABM

48

28.40

2.25

3.23

12/30/14

0.64

3.6

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

BMY

6

65.95

2.24

2.78

12/30/14

1.48

3.2

AT&T Inc.

T

31

33.51

5.61

2.17

1/7/15

1.88

2.3

Aetna Inc.

AET

5

114.78

0.87

11.11

1/13/15

1.00

86.4

Mid-America Apt Commun.

MAA

5

85.19

3.62

5.48

1/13/15

3.08

3.5

RGC Resources Inc.

RGCO

12

20.80

3.70

4.05

1/13/15

0.77

2.9

Graco Inc.

GGG

18

73.40

1.63

9.09

1/16/15

1.20

7.7

Hormel Foods Corp.

HRL

49

67.55

1.48

25.00

1/16/15

1.00

16.1

CVS Health Corp.

CVS

12

98.78

1.42

27.27

1/20/15

1.40

29.3

Alliant Energy Corp.

LNT

12

59.02

3.73

7.84

1/28/15

2.20

6.3

EPR Properties

EPR

5

56.81

6.39

6.14

1/28/15

3.63

4.0

 

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.