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|Includes: BAX, CME, MDU Resources Group, Inc. (MDU), SCG, VZ

 The MDU Resources Group (NYSE: MDU) board of directors increased the company’s quarterly common stock dividend to 15.75 cents per share, for an annualized dividend of 63 cents per share. The previous quarterly dividend was 15.5 cents per share.

This is the 19th consecutive year that the company have increased the common stock dividend, and have a 72-year unbroken record of consecutive dividend payments that stretches back to 1937.
The dividends are payable Jan. 1, 2010 to stockholders of record Dec. 10, 2009.
MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a natural resource company in the United States. 
The Board of Directors of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) declared a quarterly dividend of $0.29 per Baxter common share. This represents an increase of approximately 12 percent over the previous quarterly rate of $0.26 per share. The dividend is payable on January 5, 2010, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 10, 2009.
Baxter International Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets products for people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions.
CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) declared a fourth-quarter dividend of $1.15 per share, payable December 28, 2009, to shareholders of record December 10, 2009.
CME Group Inc. operates two self-regulatory futures exchanges, CME and CBOT. 
SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG) announced that its board of directors, declared a regular dividend of 47 cents per share on the Company’s common stock for the quarter ending December 31, 2009. The dividend is payable January 1, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 10, 2009.
SCANA Corporation engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to retail and wholesale customers in South Carolina.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) declared a quarterly dividend of 47.5 cents per outstanding share. The dividend is payable on Feb. 1, 2010, to Verizon Communications shareowners of record at the close of business on Jan. 8, 2010.
Verizon Communications Inc. provides communication services in the United States and internationally. 
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