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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, which I hope will be published about the same time.

Dividend Growth Vacation Ending

As mentioned last month, the summer typically features a slowdown in the announcement of dividend increases, and we have seen that through the July schedule. The table below coincides with the usual "forward look" of about 11 weeks for this article and, as you can see, there will be a bit of a pickup in activity as we approach Labor Day.

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):

Company

Ticker

No.

5/31

Div.

MR%

LY

Ann.

Name

Symbol

Yrs

Price

Yield

Inc.

Ex-Div

Div.

Medtronic Inc.

(MDT)

35

51.01

2.04

7.22

7/3/12

1.04

1st Source Corp.

(SRCE)

25

24.21

2.81

6.25

8/2/12

0.68

Carlisle Companies

(CSL)

36

65.41

1.22

11.11

8/15/12

0.80

Walgreen Company

(WAG)

37

47.76

2.30

22.22

8/15/12

1.10

Nordson Corp.

(NDSN)

49

71.22

0.84

20.00

8/24/12

0.60

Dover Corp.

(DOV)

57

78.25

1.79

11.11

8/29/12

1.40

MGE Energy Inc.

(MGEE)

36

53.37

2.96

3.27

8/29/12

1.58

Conn. Water Service

(CTWS)

43

28.37

3.42

2.11

8/30/12

0.97

MR=Most Recent; LY=Last Year

Notably, Nordson appears poised to become the 17th "Double Dividend Champion" by declaring its 50th year of increases. 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. 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.

(click to enlarge)

Source: Dividend Champions: 8 Increases Expected By Labor Day