Fri. Jan. 30, 2009

Big Names and Dividend Cuts Make The News *

Dividend cuts, such as Pfizer’s (PFE) 50% slash earlier this week, along with big name companies such as General Electric (GE) and Dow Chemical (DOW) trying to convince their shareholders they won’t cut their dividends still dominate the business news. What is being overlooked is the steady stream of companies stepping up to the plate and raising their dividends, as good companies do – even during recessions.

The last week saw too many dividend increases to list them all, but here are a select few that dared to declare double-digit dividend increases:

  • Canadian National Railway (CNI) Increased Its Qtr. Dividend by 10% (2.25% yield)
  • Pall Corp. (PLL) Raised Its Qtr. Dividend by 11.5% (2.18% yield)
  • CMS Energy (CMS) Boosted Its Qtr Dividend 40% (4.25% yield)
  • Alberto Culver (ACV) Increased Its Qtr. Dividend 15.4% (1.20% yield)
  • RPC (RES) Raised Its Qtr. Dividend by 16.7% (3.49% yield)
  • TFS Financial (TFSL) Boosted Its Dividend 40% (2.20% yield)
  • D&B (DNB) Increased Qtr. Dividend 13% (1.83% yield)

In every market there are winners and losers. Find a company that consistently raises it dividend and more times than not, you have found a winner.

Full Disclosure: Long GE, CNI

(Photo: Steve Woods)

2 Responses to “Big Names and Dividend Cuts Make The News *”

  1. Brian says:


    A general question regarding your blog: will there be any content differences between this blog and your D4L blog? Why create two?

  2. Brian: The official launch of Dividends Value is tomorrow. I am working on a post for tomorrow that will answer a lot of the questions that are coming up. If you still have questions, leave me a comment and I will address it directly.

    Best Wishes,