This company is an American multinational diversified financial services company with operations around the world. It is the fourth largest bank in the U.S. by assets and the largest bank by market capitalization. In 2011, it was the 23rd largest company in the United States. For many years it has been a popular holding of Warren Buffett.
The company fell out of favor in May 2009 when it slashed its dividend to $0.05 per share from $0.34 per share. It took eight more quarters before the stock increased its dividend to $0.07 per share in March 2011. Since then it has seen four additional increases, including the most recently announced one. Buffett has taken advantage of the stock's weakness by adding to his position each quarter. Which company is it?
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC)
The company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services. On Jan. 22, the company increased its quarterly dividend by 14% to $0.25 per share. The dividend is payable March 1, 2013 to stockholders, which was recorded on Feb. 1, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.9%.
Below are several other companies that have recently increased their cash dividends to shareholders:
Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ:ONB) operates as the bank holding company for Old National Bank, which provides financial services to individuals and commercial customers primarily in Indiana, eastern and southeastern Illinois, and central and western Kentucky. January 24th the company increased its quarterly dividend 11.1% to $0.10 per share. The dividend is payable March 15, 2013, to shareholders of record on March 1, 2013. The ex-date of the cash dividend is February 27, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 3.1%.
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (NYSE:SPH) engages in the retail marketing and distribution of propane, fuel oil, and refined fuels. On Jan. 24, the partnership increased its quarterly distribution by 2.3% to $0.8750 per unit. The distribution is payable Feb. 12, 2013 to common unitholders of record as of Feb 5, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 8.3%.
ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE:ALE) primarily engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of coal-fired, hydro, wind, and biomass co-fired power. On Jan. 23, the company increased its quarterly dividend 3.3% to $0.475 per share. The dividend is payable March 1 to common shareholders, recorded on Feb. 15, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 4.2%.
Markwest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MWE) engages in the gathering, processing, and transportation of natural gas in the southwest, Gulf Coast, and northeast regions of the United States. On Jan. 23 the partnership increased its quarterly distribution 7.9% to $0.82 per unit. The distribution is payable Feb. 14, 2013, to unitholders, recorded on Feb. 6, 2013. The ex-dividend date is Feb. 4, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 6.1%.
RPC Inc. (NYSE:RES) provides a range of oilfield services and equipment primarily to independent oil and gas companies engaged in the exploration, production, and development of oil and gas properties. On Jan. 23, the company increased its quarterly dividend 25% to $0.10 per share. The dividend is payable March 8, 2013 to common stockholders, recorded at the close of business on Feb. 8, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.8%.
Realty Income Corp. (NYSE:O) engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial retail real estate properties in the United States. Jan. 22 the company increased its monthly dividend 19.2% to $0.1809167 per share per share. The dividend is payable Feb. 15, 2013 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 1, 2013. This is the 70th dividend increase since Realty Income went public in 1994. The yield based on the new payout is 4.5%.
BB&T Corp. (NYSE:BBT) operates as a financial holding company for Branch Banking and Trust Company that provides various banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. On Jan. 22, the company increased its quarterly dividend 15% to $0.23 per common share payable March 1, 2013, to shareholders, recorded at the close of business on Feb. 8, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 3%.
MHI Hospitality Corp. (MDH), a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership and operation of upper upscale and midscale hotels in the mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States. On Jan. 22, the company increased its quarterly dividend 16.7% to $0.035 per share. The dividend is payable April 11, 2013 to shareholders, recorded March 15, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 4.2%.
Global Partners LP (NYSE:GLP) engages in the wholesale and commercial distribution of refined petroleum products, renewable fuels, and natural gas and crude oil. January 22nd the company increased its quarterly distribution 7% to $0.57 per unit. The distribution will be paid February 14, 2013 to unitholders of record as of the close of business Feb. 5, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 7.5%.
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: Long O. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.
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