Dividend Increases For Thursday, May 24, 2012 – Fashion Rules The Day
After a quiet day with no dividend increases on Wednesday, investors were rewarded today with four companies announcing that they would increase the amount of their cash payouts.
Included in today’s mix were two fashion and clothing related names, DSW (ticker: DSW) Designer Show Warehouse and Ralph Lauren (ticker: RL) along with two insurance related names: W.R. Berkley (ticker: WRB) and Independence Holding Co. (ticker: IHC).
Doing The Research
As I’ve mentioned before, I take a few minutes to do a quick background check and look over a few key financial facts for each company that makes a daily dividend increase announcement. As I was looking at DSW the shoe retailer, I was actually surprised to learn that the company has been in business since 1917, almost 100 years.
When I find a company in a niche field, like selling shoes that has also been in business for over 50 years that is often a good sign that there may be a trend in long term dividend payments to shareholders, possibly even increasing dividends. Looking back to 2008 at DSW’s dividend history, I found that the company has only paid one small dividend until reviving the payout at the beginning of 2012.
I’ll add DSW to my watch list for potential investments, however, they’ll have to establish a longer term series of dividend payments before becoming a member of the DDI portfolio.
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|DSW Class A
|Ralph Lauren Class A
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