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CDTV.net Stock Market News and Dividend Report for Thursday Dec 24, 2009

|Includes:AIV, FMC, GAS, ITW, Piedmont Natural Gas Co Inc. (PNY), UMPQ

 Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE:  PNY) announced earnings per share of $1.67 per diluted share compared with net income $1.49 per diluted share last year. 

 
Net income of $122.8 million compared with net income of $110 million last year. 
 
Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc., an energy services company, engages in the distribution of natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and power generation customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
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The board of directors of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.31 cents per share or $1.24 per share on an annual basis. This dividend will be paid on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 to stockholders of record on Thursday, December 31, 2009.
 
Illinois Tool Works Inc. manufactures a range of industrial products and equipment worldwide.
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Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ), announced that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per common share. The dividend is payable on Jan. 15, 2010 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 31, 2009.
 
Umpqua Holdings Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Umpqua Bank that provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate, institutional, and individual customers primarily in the areas of Oregon and Northern California. 
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Apartment Investment and Management Company (NYSE:AIV) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share Class A Common Stock for the quarter ended December 31, 2009, payable on or before February 1, 2010 to stockholders of record on December 31, 2009. 
 
Apartment Investment and Management Company (AIMCO) is a real estate investment manager.
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FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of 12.5 cents per share, payable on January 21, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 31, 2009.
 
FMC Corporation, a chemical company, provides solutions, applications, and products to various end markets worldwide.
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The Board of Directors of Nicor Inc. (NYSE: GAS) declared a quarterly common stock dividend of 46.5 cents per share, payable February 1, 2010, to stockholders of record on December 31, 2009. This payment continues the annual rate of $1.86 per share and represents the 224th consecutive quarterly dividend payment by the company. 
 
Nicor Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in natural gas distribution business in the United States.
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Stocks: PNY, ITW, UMPQ, AIV, FMC, GAS