Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Dividend Increases in March

Several Dividend Aristocrats have increased their dividends in March. The companies are:

Air Products & Chem APD 1.76 1.52 15.79%
Chubb Corp CB 1.32 1.16 13.79%
Wal-Mart Stores WMT 0.95 0.88 7.95%

From this list, all three companies seem to fit my fundamental criteria. You could read my analysis on CB and WMT.

Expected dividend increases in April

Based off historical information from this spreadsheet, I would expect that the following companies increase their dividend in March: XOM, GWW, PG and JNJ ( Thanks for reminding me about thelast one MoneyGardener). These dividend aristocrats have last increased their dividend payments in April 2007. Upon a closer examination of the dividend growth stock behavior of the 60 dividend aristocrats, it seems that every month there is at least one company that raises its dividend. It’s nice to get a pay raise every month. The only dividend growth stock that has consistently increased its dividend twice in one year since 2003 is STT- State Street.

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