Dividend Growth Stocks Week In Review for February 28, 2015

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This week, 9 dividend growth companies announced dividend payments including a residential REIT, a retailer and an insurer that announced dividend increases.

S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats

Chubb Corporation (CB)

Industry: Property & Casualty Insurance

Dividend Payment: 57 cents per share – up 14.0% from prior level of 50 cents

Dividend Paid On: 4/1

Stock Goes Ex-Dividend (own the stock before this date to collect the dividend): 3/11

Number of Years of Dividend Increases: 33

Current Forward Yield: 2.27%

 

Ecolab, Inc. (ECL)

Industry: Industrial Cleaning Products & Services

Dividend Payment: 33 cents per share

Dividend Paid On: 4/15

Stock Goes Ex-Dividend (own the stock before this date to collect the dividend): 3/6

Number of Years of Dividend Increases: 28

Current Forward Yield: 1.14%

 

Leggett & Platt (LEG)

Industry: Home Furnishings & Fixtures

Dividend Payment: 31 cents per share

Dividend Paid On: 4/15

Stock Goes Ex-Dividend (own the stock before this date to collect the dividend): 3/11

Number of Years of Dividend Increases: 44

Current Forward Yield: 2.75%

S&P 500 High Yield Dividend Aristocrats

ACE Limited (ACE)

Industry: Property & Casualty Insurance

Dividend Payment: 65 cents per share

Dividend Paid On: 4/21

Stock Goes Ex-Dividend (own the stock before this date to collect the dividend): 3/27

Number of Years of Dividend Increases: 21

Current Forward Yield: 2.28%

(The company also announced that the board recommended for shareholder approval a dividend increase to 67 cents per share beginning in 2nd quarter.)

 

Albemarle Corporation (ALB)

Industry: Specialty Chemicals

Dividend Payment: 29 cents per share – up 5.5% from prior level of 27.5 cents

Dividend Paid On: 4/1

Stock Goes Ex-Dividend (own the stock before this date to collect the dividend): 3/12

Number of Years of Dividend Increases: 21

Current Forward Yield: 2.05%

 

Essex Property Trust, Inc. (ESS)

Industry: REIT – Residential

Dividend Payment: $1.44 per share – up 10.8% from prior level of $1.30

Dividend Paid On: 4/15

Stock Goes Ex-Dividend (own the stock before this date to collect the dividend): 3/27

Number of Years of Dividend Increases: 21

Current Forward Yield: 2.59%

 

Ross Stores (ROST)

Industry: Retailing – Apparel

Dividend Payment: 23.5 cents per share – up 17.5% from prior level of 20 cents

Dividend Paid On: 3/5

Stock Goes Ex-Dividend (own the stock before this date to collect the dividend): 3/31

Number of Years of Dividend Increases: 21

Current Forward Yield: 0.89%

 

Telephone & Data Systems, Inc. (TDS)

Industry: Wireless Communications

Dividend Payment: 14.1 cents per share – up 5.2% from prior level of 13.4 cents

Dividend Paid On: 3/31

Stock Goes Ex-Dividend (own the stock before this date to collect the dividend): 3/31

Number of Years of Dividend Increases: 41

Current Forward Yield: 2.22%

 

United Bankshares, Inc. (UBSI)

Industry: Regional Banking

Dividend Payment: 32 cents per share

Dividend Paid On: 4/1

Stock Goes Ex-Dividend (own the stock before this date to collect the dividend): 3/11

Number of Years of Dividend Increases: 41

Current Forward Yield: 3.42%

Next Week’s Ex-Dividend Stocks:

Tuesday, March 3:

None.

Wednesday, March 4:

Commerce Bancshares Inc. (CBSH)

Genuine Parts Company (GPC)

Kimberly-Clark (KMB)

Old Republic Corporation (ORI)

PepsiCo (PEP)

Praxair Inc. (PX)

Thursday, March 5:

Brown-Forman Company (BF-B)

Ross Stores (ROST)

Friday, March 6:

Becton, Dickenson and Company (BDX)

Ecolab (ECL)

V. F. Corporation (VFC)

Monday, March 9:

None.

There are over 50 S&P 500 companies that have increased dividends for more than a quarter century.  See the full list of S&P Dividend Aristocrats.

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