Driven by computers that cost more than the average person will earn in their lifetime, the investment markets move at light speed. To keep pace, hedge funds, mutual funds, institutional investors and multi-billion dollar money managers spend large sums of money on high-tech tools to give them an edge. So, what chance does a small individual investor have? Not much of a chance if you let the Wall Street players define the rules. However, you might just slay the giant if you define the rules and focus on quality blue-chip dividend growth stocks and long-term, buy-and-hold and investing strategy.
Below are several companies building future yield with increased cash dividends for their shareholders:
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) provide products, technologies, software, solutions and services. March 21, the company increased its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.1452 per share. The increase in the amount of the dividend will be effective when the HP board of directors declares HP's next dividend. The yield based on the new payout is 2.6%.
Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) provides electronics, mission systems integration, and other capabilities in the areas of sensing, effects, and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a range of mission support services in the United States and internationally. March 20, the company increased its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.55 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable May 2, 2013, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 3, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 3.9%.
Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE:WSM) operates as a specialty retailer of home products. March 19, the company increased its quarterly dividend 41% to $0.31 per share. The dividend is payable May 24, 2013, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 26, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.5%.
UDR Inc. (NYSE:UDR) is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the U.S. March 19, the company increased its quarterly dividend 7% to $0.235 per share. The dividend is payable in cash, on April 30, 2013, to UDR common stock shareholders of record as of April 9, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 3.3%.
Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB) operates as a diversified financial services company in the U.S. March 19, the company increased its quarterly dividend 10% to $0.11 per share. The dividend is payable on Thursday, April 18, 2013, to shareholders of record as of Friday, March 29, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 2.4%.
RF Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:RFIL) engages in the design, manufacture, and/or sale of communications equipment primarily to the radio and other professional communications related industries in the U.S. and internationally. March 18, the company increased its quarterly dividend 40% to $0.07 per share. The dividend is payable April 16, 2013, to shareholders of record as of April 1, 2013. The yield based on the new payout is 4.6%.
American Realty Capital Properties Inc. (ARCP) owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. March 18, the company increased its monthly dividend 1.1% to $0.076 per month. The new rate will first be payable in connection with the June dividend and distributions will continue to be paid on the 15th day of each month to stockholders of record at the close of business on the 8th day of such month. The yield based on the new payout is 6.5%.
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 RTN in my Dividend Growth portfolio. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.
- A Diversified Approach To International Dividends
- 9 High-Yield Dividend Achievers With 25 Years of Increases
- 7 Dividend Stocks For A Confident And Secure Future
- 7 High Yielders With A Low Free Cash Flow Payout
- Wealth is a Journey, Dividend Stocks Can Take You There
- High Yield Dividend Stocks in Gurus' Portfolio
- Top dividend stocks of Warren Buffett
- Top dividend stocks of George Soros
About the author: