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10 Dividend Stocks Increasing Dividends Like a Champion

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There are winners and there are champions in every walk of life. The difference is subtle, but very real. A champion is driven for success and will not let anything stand in its way. Some dividend stocks can be classified as champions. A bad economy, tight credit markets and a dark cloud of uncertainty are enough send some dividend companies running for the exit. However, these are the times that champions stand firm.

This week a few companies answered the call and rewarded their shareholders with higher cash dividends:

Texas Instruments Incorporated
(TXN) engages in the design and sale of semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. September 15, the company increased its dividend 31% to $0.17 per share. The dividend is payable on payable Nov. 21, 2011, to stockholders of record on Oct. 31, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 2.5%.

Umpqua Holdings Corporation (UMBQ) operates as the bank holding company for Umpqua Bank that provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate, institutional, and individual customers. September 15, the company increased its quarterly dividend 40% to $0.07 per share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 14, 2011 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 30, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 2.8%.

Newcastle Investment Corp. (NCT) operates as a real estate investment and finance company that invests in and manages a portfolio consisting primarily of real estate securities. September 14, the company increased its quarterly dividend 50% to $0.15 per share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 28, 2011 to shareholders of record on Oct. 3, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 10.3%.

YUM! Brands Inc. (YUM) operates as a quick service restaurant company in the U.S. and internationally. September 14, the company increased its quarterly dividend 14% to $0.285 per share. The dividend is payable on Nov. 4, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 14, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 2.1%.

Developers Diversified Realty Corporation (DDR) operates as a real estate investment trust and engages in acquiring, developing, redeveloping, owning, leasing, and managing shopping centers. September 14, the company increased its quarterly dividend 50% to $0.06 per share. The dividend is payable October 11, to shareholders of record on September 27. The yield based on the new payout is 2.1%.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. (CBRL) primarily engages in the operation and development of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant. September 13, the company increased its quarterly dividend 13.6% to $0.25 per share. The dividend is payable on Nov. 7, 2011 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 21, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 2.5%.

Flexsteel Industries Inc. (FLXS) manufactures, imports, and markets residential and commercial upholstered and wooden furniture products. September 12, the company increased its quarterly dividend 33% to $0.10 per share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 6, 2011 to shareholders of record as of Sept. 22, 2011. Flexsteel has paid cash dividends each year since 1938 on its common stock. This is the 279th consecutive cash dividend. The yield based on the new payout is 2.7%

Frisch's Restaurants Inc. (FRS) operates restaurants in the United States. September 12, the company increased its quarterly dividend 3.2% to $0.16 per share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 10, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 26, 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 3.6%.

Brady Corporation (BRC) manufactures and markets identification solutions and specialty products that identify and protect premises, products, and people. September 9, the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.8% to $0.185 per share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 31, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 10, 2011. This dividend represents the 26th consecutive annual increase in dividends. The yield based on the new payout is 2.7%.

The Williams Companies Inc. (WMB) engages in finding, producing, gathering, processing, and transporting natural gas. September 6, the company increased its quarterly dividend 25% to $1.00 per share. The dividend is effective with Williams' quarterly dividend to be paid in December 2011. The yield based on the new payout is 3.8%.

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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