3 Dividend Stocks Focusing on Their Shareholders
This week a few companies chose to build a higher yield for their shareholders with higher cash dividends:
El Paso Electric Company (EE), a public utility company, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in west Texas and southern New Mexico. May 31, the company increased its quarterly dividend 13.6% to $0.25 per share. The dividend is payable June 29, 2012 to shareholders of record on June 15, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 3.3%.
Epiq Systems Inc. (EPIQ) provides integrated technology solutions for the legal profession in the U.S. and internationally. May 30, the company increased its quarterly dividend 30% to $0.065 per share. The quarterly cash dividend is payable August 17, 2012, to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 16, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.3%.
Post Properties Inc. (PPS) is a real estate investment trust that primarily develops, owns and manages multi-family apartment communities. May 30, the company increased its quarterly dividend 13% to $0.25 per share. The dividend is payable July 13, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 29, 2012. The yield based on the new payout is 2.1%.
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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