In compiling the Dividend Champions list (found here: http://dripinvesting.org/Tools/Tools.asp) I get to see which companies are nearing the anniversaries of their previous dividend increases. Since most of these firms raise their payout about the same time every year, I can say with some confidence that they are likely to do so again. I have modified the Expected Increase series to reflect a more SA-friendly format by separating the Champions (25 or more years of higher dividends), Contenders (10-24 years), and Challengers (5-9 years) into distinct groupings, so please look for the other articles.
Dividend Growth Picks Up
After a relatively quiet period for dividend increase announcements, I expect to see a strong pick-up in activity as we head into late April, coinciding with Annual Shareholder meetings, which tend to be most prominent in the next month or so, when many companies like to give their owners reason to be happy. The table below coincides with the usual "forward look" of about 11 weeks for this article.
Based on last year's announcements, I'm expecting the following companies to announce dividend increases between now and the anniversary of the Ex-Dividend Date of their previous increase:
Dividend Champions (25 or more years):
PPG Industries Inc.
W.W. Grainger Inc.
Sonoco Products Co.
Mine Safety Appliances
Johnson & Johnson
Weyco Group Inc.
National Fuel Gas
Not all of the above companies will meet the strict standards of every investor, but some may be appropriate for portfolio diversification. Potential investors should do more research before committing funds.
Every Picture Tells a Story
As a bonus, I'm inserting one of Chuck Carnevale's F.A.S.T. Graphs below, highlighting one of the companies listed above. (Note that I recently used the charts of XOM and CVX, so I am skipping those for now.) When the stock's price line has moved into the green area, it indicates that the stock is undervalued in relation to its earnings. I'm attaching the chart below.