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Six Dividend Stocks Raising the bar: CVS Caremark Corporation,Cintas Corporation, Enterprise GP Holdings L.P.,Linear Technology,Monsanto Company,Family Dollar Stores, Inc.

January 20, 2009 | About:
The stock market averages keep responding in a way that shows investors are expecting the worst in terms of profitability for most major US and Global corporations. Some pundits are getting bullish, while others are getting increasingly bearish. The odds of both camps being correct are slim to none. With this confusing information, what are investors supposed to do?

My main recommendation for buy and hold investors is to ignore all the day to day chatter and forecasts, since no one can predict enough market movements in order to make money. The best course of action to take is to assume a long-term strategy of buying stocks that keep increasing their dividends even during the current uncertain economic and market conditions.

CVS Caremark Corporation (CVS) announced that its Board has approved a 10.5% increase in its quarterly dividends to $0.07625 per common share. CVS Caremark Corporation has consistently increased its dividends since 2003. The stock currently yields 1.10%.

Cintas Corporation (CTAS) announced that its Board has approved a 2% increase in its annual dividends from $0.46 to $0.47 per common share. Cintas Corporation is a dividend achiever, which has consistently increased its dividends for 25 years. The stock currently yields 2.00%. Over the past 8 years the company has managed to double its dividends.

Enterprise GP Holdings L.P., (EPE), which is engaged in the ownership of general and limited partner interests of publicly traded partnerships engaged in the midstream energy industry and related businesses, announced that its Board has approved an increase in its quarterly dividend to $0.47 per unit. Enterprise GP Holdings L.P. has consistently paid and increased its dividends every single quarter since 2005. The partnership shares currently yield 9.20%.

Linear Technology (LLTC) announced that its Board has approved an increase in its quarterly dividend from $0.21 to $0.22 per common share in an effort to return value to shareholders. Linear Technology is a dividend achiever, which has consistently increased its dividends since 1992. The dividend growth has been astounding, as LLTC has managed to double its dividend payments to shareholders every three years on average for the past 16 years. The stock currently yields 3.80%.

Monsanto Company (MON), announced that its Board has approved a 10% increase in its quarterly dividend from $0.24 to $0.265 per common share. Monsanto Company has consistently increased its dividends since 2001. In fact the new dividend payment represents a 489% increase in comparison to the first dividend payments in 2001 of $0.045/share. The stock currently yields 1.20%.

Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (FDO) announced that its Board has approved a 8% increase in its quarterly dividend from $0.125 to $0.135 per common share. Family Dollar Stores, Inc.is a dividend aristocrat that has consistently increased its dividends for thirty-three consecutive years. The stock currently yields 1.80%.

LLTC looks like a promising dividend growth stock in order to gain some technology exposure in my dividend stock portfolio. I will add it to my list for further research. FDO looks promising in the current economic environment, however due to its low yield I would only consider initiating a position there on dips below $18.

Full Disclosure: Long FDO

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