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Dividend Increases for Friday December 9, 2011
Finishing off the week of December 9th, seven more companies announced dividend increases, plus we saw Ford Motor Company (ticker: F) re-instate it’s quarterly dividend after several years of rebuilding it’s balance sheet.
Of the seven companies, two in particular stand out as notable: National Health Investors (ticker: NHI) and WP Carey (ticker: WPC) since both of these companies are already members of the DDI portfolio. With these two dividend increases today, the DDI portfolio continues to grow it’s payout organically.
As we watch those companies that continue to raise their dividends, we realize that these are often the most conservative companies, with strong balance sheets. As such, these stocks don’t always offer the higher yields, although today’s group has a few options to consider that offer yields in the 5% range.
Today’s List of Dividend Increases
The one other household name in today’s bunch, HR Block (ticker: HRB) the tax preparation folks, bumped it’s dividend by 33% to $.80 with a yield of 5.02%.
For more detailed information about all of today’s dividend increases please refer to the chart below.
As always when evaluating investment opportunities it’s important to keep in mind not only the fundamentals of the stock itself, but also how the holding entity (Limited Partnership,Royalty Trust, Master Limited Partnership, Business Development Company, Preferred Stock) may affect the way you report income on your annual tax return as well as the amount or percentage of tax you will be required to pay. Adding shares of any of these special entities to tax deferred / retirement accounts may also present additional issues.
Remember to review all of the fundamentals of any company BEFORE investing – do not simply buy a stock based on the dividend payout. If you have further questions about any stock mentioned her you should first consult with your CPA or tax planner / advisor before making any investments.