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Five Show-Me-the-Money Dividend Stocks

November 28, 2011 | About:
Investors can realize a return on investment either in the form of capital gains or whenever they receive a dividend. Capital gains are tricky, since if they are not realized they could disappear and quickly turn into unrealized losses. The volatile market environment over the past several months has lead to trillions of dollars in stock market losses worldwide. As a result, more investors are seeking to invest in stable corporations, which provide positive feedback every quarter in the form of cash dividends. Particularly of interest are the stocks of these companies which not only pay a stable dividend, but can also afford to grow that dividend. As a result, investors of such dividend paying stocks are not at the mercy of the market in order to generate returns from their investments. They could afford to patiently wait on the sidelines, and get paid for doing so, while the irrational Mr. Market zig-zags.

The following dividend growth stocks raised distributions to shareholders over the past week:

McCormick & Company Inc. (MKC) engages in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of flavor products and other specialty food products to the food industry worldwide. It operates in two segments, Consumer and Industrial. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 10.70% to 31 cents/share. This marked the 26th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. Yield: 2.70% (analysis)

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX), a medical technology company, develops, manufactures, and sells medical devices, instrument systems, and reagents worldwide. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 9.80% to 45 cents/share. This marked the 99th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. Yield: 2.50% (analysis)

Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL), together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets various meat and food products in the United States and Internationally. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 17.60% to 15 cents/share. This marked the 46th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. Yield: 2.10%

Lancaster Colony Corporation (LANC) engages in the manufacture and marketing of consumer products focusing primarily on specialty foods for the retail and foodservice markets in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Specialty Foods, and Glassware and Candles. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 9.10% to 36 cents/share. This marked the 49th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. Yield: 2.20%

United Bankshares, Inc. (UBSI), through its subsidiaries, provides commercial and retail banking services and products in the United States. The company raised its quarterly distributions by 3.30% to 31 cents/share. This marked the 38th consecutive annual dividend increase for this dividend champion. Yield: 5%

Full Disclosure: Long MKC

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