Chatter Around the World – 127

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

Each State's Contribution to US GDP

Each State’s Contribution to US GDP

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AT&T Inc Dividend Increase

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AT&T Inc (T) announced a 2.1% increase in its cash dividend! The quarterly cash dividend will increase from $0.47 to $0.48 per share and payable on Feb 01, 2016 to shareholders on record as of Jan 08, 2016 (ex-div date of Jan 6). The annual dividend rate goes up from $1.88 to $1.92. Yield going forward is 5.66%.

Our continued financial strength and outlook for strong cash flows give us the confidence to increase our dividend for the 32nd consecutive year,” said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T.

My portfolio consists of 40 shares of AT&T, which increases my annual dividends from $75.20 to $76.80, an increase of $1.60.

Realty Income Dividend Increase

Realty Income Realty Income (O) announced a 0.26% increase in its cash dividends for common stockholders. This is the company’s 83rd dividend increase since the company went public in 1994 and an amazing fifth increase this year! The monthly dividend increases from $0.1905 to $0.191 per share. The dividend is payable on Jan 15, 2016 to shareholders of record as of Jan 4, 2016.

From the press release statement:

We are pleased that our Board of Directors has once again determined that we are able to increase the amount of the monthly dividend we pay to our shareholders,” said John P. Case, Chief Executive Officer of Realty Income. “With the payment of the January dividend, we will have made 546 consecutive monthly dividend payments and paid over $3.8 billion in dividends throughout our 46-year operating history.

The new dividend amount represents an annualized dividend amount of $2.292, up from $2.286 per share. My portfolio consists of 60 shares of Realty Income and the new increase bumps up my annual dividends from $137.16 to $137.52, an increase of $0.36.

Amgen Inc Dividend Increase

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Amgen Inc (AMGN) announced a 26.6% increase in its cash dividend! The quarterly cash dividend will increase from $0.79 to $1.00 per share and payable on Mar 08, 2016 to shareholders on record as of Feb 16, 2016. The annual dividend rate goes up from $3.16 to $4.00. Yield going forward is 2.46%.
The raise was unofficially announced during last earnings release, but the increase was made official yesterday with this declaration.

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Chatter Around the World – 126

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

S&P500 Net Profit Margin

S&P 500 Net Profit Margin – A Leading Indicator for Recession?

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