8 Stocks Heating Up Their Yields With Higher Dividends

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Includes: AFL, APL, DCP, EDE, FNF, MCHP, NGLS, STAG
by: Dividends4Life

Summary

Dividends from a quality, well-diversified portfolio are much more predictable than capital gains and best of all, they are passive.

Inflation? Not to worry, the good companies routinely raise their dividends well in excess of the inflation rate.

This week as the weather turns cold the dividend increases heat up with several companies raising their cash dividends.

Dividends from a quality, well-diversified portfolio are much more predictable than capital gains and best of all, they are passive. You don't have to do anything, they just show up in your brokerage account each quarter. Inflation? Not to worry, the good companies routinely raise their dividends well in excess of the inflation rate.

This week as the weather turns cold, the dividend increases heat up with several companies raising their cash dividends:

Microchip Technology Incorporated (NASDAQ:MCHP) develops, manufactures, and sells semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. October 30th the company increased its quarterly dividend 0.1% to $0.3565 per share. The dividend is payable December 5, 2014 to stockholders of record on November 21, 2014, with an ex-dividend date of November 19, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 3.5%.

STAG Industrial, Inc. (NYSE:STAG) is a real estate investment trust investing in the U.S. real estate market. October 30th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2.3% to $0.1125 per share. The dividend is payable February 17, 2015 to stockholders of record on January 30, 2015, with an ex-dividend date of January 28, 2015. The yield based on the new payout is 5.6%.

The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE:EDE) is engaged in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. October 30th the company increased its quarterly dividend 2% to $0.26 per share. The dividend is payable December 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on December 1, 2014, with an ex-dividend date of November 27, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 3.7%.

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. October 28th the company increased its quarterly dividend 5.4% to $0.39 per share. The dividend is payable December 1, 2014 to stockholders of record on November 19, 2014, with an ex-dividend date of November 17, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.6%.

Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE:APL) operates in the gathering and processing segments of the midstream natural gas industry. October 28th the company increased its quarterly distribution 1.6% to $0.64 per unit. The distribution is payable November 14, 2014 to unitholders of record on November 10, 2014, with an ex-dividend date of November 6, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 7.0%.

Access Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ACMP) owns, operates, develops, and acquires natural gas, natural gas liquids (NYSE:NGLS) and oil gathering systems, and other midstream energy assets. October 28th the company increased its quarterly distribution 3.4% to $0.615 per unit. The distribution is payable November 14, 2014 to unitholders of record on November 7, 2014, with an ex-dividend date of November 5, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 3.9%.

DCP Midstream Partners, LP (DPM) owns, operates, acquires, and develops a diversified portfolio of midstream energy assets. October 28th the company increased its quarterly distribution 1.7% to $0.77 per unit. The distribution is payable November 14, 2014 to unitholders of record on November 7, 2014, with an ex-dividend date of November 5, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 5.6%.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF) provides title insurance, technology, and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries in the United States. October 28th the company increased its quarterly dividend 6.0% to $0.19 per share. The dividend is payable December 31, 2014 to stockholders of record on December 17, 2014, with an ex-dividend date of December 15, 2014. The yield based on the new payout is 2.6%.

Selecting stocks with increasing dividends is critical for an income growth strategy. The above list contains stocks that recently raised their dividends; it is not a list of recommend buys. As always, due diligence should be performed before buying or selling any stock. For a list of stocks with a long string of consecutive cash dividend increases, see this list.

Full Disclosure: Long AFL in my Dividend Growth Portfolio. See a list of all my dividend growth holdings here.

Disclosure: The author is long AFL.

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