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The 5 Best Stocks with Dividend Growth from Last Week (Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, 2012)

Here is a current sheet of companies that have announced a dividend increase within the recent week. In total, 49 stocks and funds raised dividends of which 24 have a dividend growth of more than 10 percent. The average dividend growth amounts to 19.91 percent. Exactly 19 stocks/funds have a yield over five percent (high yield) and 25 with above three percent. Thirty-five companies are currently recommended to buy.

The biggest dividend hike came from the beverage and soft-drink company, Cott Corp. (COT) and the savings and loans stock of Capital Federal Financial Inc. (CFFN). Both increased their dividend distributions by 140 percent.

Here are the stocks with fast dividend growth:

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) has a market capitalization of $107.63 billion. The company employs 97,389 people, generates revenue of $43.88 billion and has a net income of $8.75 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $14.75 billion. The EBITDA margin is 33.62 percent (the operating margin is 28.5 percent and the net profit margin is 19.93 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 36.27 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 185.52 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 62.19 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.17. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.24 in the form of dividends to shareholders. GSK announced to raise dividends by 9.7 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 13.78, the P/S ratio is 2.47 and the P/B ratio is 8.57. The dividend yield amounts to 5.23 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 0.65.

The Western Union (WU) has a market capitalization of $7.15 billion. The company employs 8,000 people, generates revenue of $5.49 billion and has a net income of $1.17 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1.58 billion. The EBITDA margin is 28.73 percent (the operating margin is 25.22 percent and the net profit margin is 21.22 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 39.51 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 400.45 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 157.75 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.01. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.31 in the form of dividends to shareholders. WU announced to raise dividends by 25 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 5.93, the P/S ratio is 1.31 and the P/B ratio is 8.27. The dividend yield amounts to 4.18 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.44.

Honeywell (HON) has a market capitalization of $48.91 billion. The company employs 132,000 people, generates revenue of $36.53 billion and has a net income of $1.87 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $3.55 billion. The EBITDA margin is 9.71 percent (the operating margin is 6.25 percent and the net profit margin is 5.11 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 18.98 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 69.91 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 17.31 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.98. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.37 in the form of dividends to shareholders. HON announced to raise dividends by 10.1 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 20.92, the P/S ratio is 1.34 and the P/B ratio is 4.48. The dividend yield amounts to 2.63 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.35.

Starbucks (SBUX) has a market capitalization of $38.09 billion. The company employs 149,000 people, generates revenue of $13.3 billion and has a net income of $1.38 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2.34 billion. The EBITDA margin is 17.57 percent (the operating margin is 15.02 percent and the net profit margin is 10.41 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 6.69 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 10.76 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 29.15 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.79. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.72 in the form of dividends to shareholders. SBUX announced to raise dividends by 23.5 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 28.39, the P/S ratio is 2.91 and the P/B ratio is 7.46. The dividend yield amounts to 1.65 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.21.

Estee Lauder (EL) has a market capitalization of $23.24 billion. The company employs 38,500 people, generates revenue of $9.71 billion and has a net income of $860.5 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1.61 billion. The EBITDA margin is 16.6 percent (the operating margin is 13.5 percent and the net profit margin is 8.86 percent).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 19.54 percent of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 47.13 percent. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 31.96 percent was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.22. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.52 in the form of dividends to shareholders. EL announced to raise dividends by 37.1 percent.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 27.04, the P/S ratio is 2.39 and the P/B ratio is 8.54. The dividend yield amounts to 1.2 percent and the beta ratio has a value of 1.34.

Take a closer look at the full table of stocks with recent dividend hikes. The average dividend growth amounts to 19.91 percent and the average dividend yield amounts to 4.27 percent. Stocks from the sheet are valuated with a P/E ratio of 23.69. The average P/S ratio is 5.51 and the P/B ratio is 4.09.

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