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6 Stocks Raising The Bar With Dividend Increases

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Have you ever noticed those that most vehemently attack a buy-and-hold strategy really don’t understand how the strategy works? They confuse a buy-and-hold strategy with day-trading with a longer duration. A true implementation of buy-and-hold includes a focus on blue-chip stocks with a sustainable advantage, along with a reasonable asset allocation framework.

One sign of a blue-chip stock is a long string of dividend increases. Below are several companies that have recently raised the bar by increasing their cash dividends:

The J. M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) manufactures and markets branded food products worldwide. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Retail Coffee; U.S. July 16th the company increased its quarterly dividend 10.3% to $0.64 per share. The dividend is payable September 2, 2014 to shareholders of record on August 15, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.4%. 13 years of consecutive dividend increases.

National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust that acquires, owns, manages, and develops retail properties in the United States. July 15th the company increased its quarterly dividend 3.7% to $0.42 per share. The dividend is payable August 15, 2014 to shareholders of record on July 31, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 4.5%. 24 years of consecutive dividend increases.

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (NYSE:OHI) is a real estate investment firm. The firm invests in the real estate markets of United States. July 15th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.0% to $0.51 per share. The dividend is payable August 15, 2014 to shareholders of record on July 31, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 5.4%. 12 years of consecutive dividend increases.

Targa Resources Partners LP (NYSE:NGLS) is engaged in the ownership, operation, acquisition, and development of midstream energy assets in the United States. July 15th the partnership increased its quarterly distribution 2.3% to $0.7625 per unit. The distribution is payable August 14, 2014 to shareholders of record on July 28, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 4.5%. Seven years of consecutive dividend increases.

Education Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:EDR), a real estate investment trust (REIT), develops, acquires, owns, and manages student housing communities located near university campuses in the United States. July 15th the company increased its quarterly dividend 9.1% to $0.12 per share. The dividend is payable August 15, 2014 to shareholders of record on July 31, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 4.4%. Four years of consecutive dividend increases.

Compressco Partners, L.P. (GSJK) provides compression-based production enhancement services for natural gas and oil exploration and production companies. July 11th the partnership increased its quarterly distribution 1.7% to $0.4525 per unit. The distribution is payable August 15, 2014 to unitholders of record on July 21, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 6.9%. Three years of consecutive dividend increases.

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: Ling NNN in my Dividend Growth Portfolio and long OHI in my High-Yield Portfolio. No position in the aforementioned securities. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

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