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Record number of dividend hikes in Q1

  • According to S&P Dow Jones, 1,078 companies boosted dividends in Q1, 14.2% more than a year ago, and besting the previous record of 1.069 set in 1979. The dollar amount of increases foots to $17.8B, 22.9% higher than a year ago. A few cut payouts - 102 out of roughly 10K traded issues, and down from 139 a year ago.
  • The weighted dividend yield grew 4 basis points during the quarter to 2.48%, says S&P's Howard Silverblatt. Room to grow even more? Payout ratios continue to scrape by at 36% vs. their historic average of 52%.
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Comments (6)
  • AdamDivy
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    Gotta love divy raises!!
    9 Apr 2014, 12:19 PM Reply Like
  • Dr.Strangelove
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    Hedge funds have dumped momentum stocks and are rotating into value/dividend stocks
    9 Apr 2014, 12:27 PM Reply Like
  • OptionManiac
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    So are soon to be retirees.
    9 Apr 2014, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • DeepValueLover
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    The financials and the basic materials sector will offer the best dividend growth over the next decade.
    9 Apr 2014, 01:11 PM Reply Like
  • Tschurin
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    I wonder if this analysis takes into account that at least a few companies shifted 2013 dividends into 2012 to help shareholders avoid the higher tax rates. For instance, what was then The Washington Post company, now GHC, paid a large special dividend in 2012, and no dividends in 2013. Such activity would help explain the size of the Q1 2013 to Q1 2014 jump.
    9 Apr 2014, 02:34 PM Reply Like
  • healthythoughts
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    Love ETF s

     

    VIG VYM SDY!
    9 Apr 2014, 05:52 PM Reply Like
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