Top Dividend Raises & Cuts for October 2017

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. Companies which not only pay dividends, but raise them year after year have been shown to perform better overall for investor returns. On the flip side, it is also important to keep an eye on the dividend cuts, which could signal troubling times ahead for a company. This post captures the announcements of changes in dividend amount for the week – both increases and cuts.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

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Top Dividend Raises for September 2017

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. Companies which not only pay dividends, but raise them year after year have been shown to perform better overall for investor returns. On the flip side, it is also important to keep an eye on the dividend cuts, which could signal troubling times ahead for a company. This post captures the announcements of changes in dividend amount for the week – both increases and cuts.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

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The Benefits of DRIP and How To Use It

The following is a guest post from Dan@StockTrades.ca

Dividend stocks at one time or another will more than likely become the backbone of your investing portfolio. Especially in your later years, the passive income from your dividend investments can play a pivotal role in your retirement. But if you are a young aspiring investor with a keen eye on early retirement, what is the best thing to do with that dividend check? In my honest opinion, it’s setting up a DRIP plan.

So what exactly is a DRIP plan?

A DRIP, or dividend reinvestment plan is a system set up by your broker,company or financial institution to purchase more stocks with your dividend payouts. The shares are purchased in fractions if your dividend payout is not enough to purchase a whole share. The best way to imagine this is a bucket stopping a leak. Every time water “drips” into the bucket, it fills. Once the bucket is full, you’ve earned a share in that company. You dump the bucket out, and repeat the process.

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9 Top Dividend Stocks in the Energy Sector after the OPEC Meeting

This is a guest contribution from The Dividend Manager

Energy stocks have seen a lot of volatility over the last two years as the supply of oil increased and the price of oil plummeted. In 2014, the price of a barrel of Crude Oil WTI was over $100. By the beginning of 2015, the price was under $50 per barrel. The final bottom in price occurred earlier this year when crude hit $25 a barrel. The chart below illustrates the downfall of crude oil prices since 2012. While the price has rebounded since the February lows, it has not come close to rebounding to its 2014 price high.

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On November 30th, 2016 the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to cut crude oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day. Currently, production is at a record high, at 33.6 million barrels per day. This will be the first cut in production since 2008, but there is still expected to be a significant surplus in oil supply. This production cut will likely drive up the price of Crude Oil WTI and make many energy companies more profitable.

The news sent many energy stocks soaring.The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE: XLE) jumped over 5% following the news (compared to year-to-date performance of +10%).This bump comes after many of these stocks jumped as part of the “Trump Rally” following the election, and has many energy investors excited about current performance and how the new production may impact oil prices going forward. WIth large tax cuts and decreased regulation on the way in 2017, many of the energy companies listed below should profit from increased economic growth.

The stocks below are the energy stocks that I maintain on our Top 100 Dividend Stocks list. My favorites include Occidental Petroleum, Schlumberger, Total SA ADR, and Valero. While some investors have been spooked by the energy sector in the last two years, there are many intriguing stocks with high dividends & excellent dividend growth prospects now that oil has crossed back above $50 a barrel.

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Dividend Raises & Cuts for September 2016

Dividend growth investing is a popular model followed by the investing community to build assets. As part of my ongoing commitment to keep track dividend raises and cuts in the business world, I compile and share this list publicly. Start of each month, I also profile the top raises and cuts and profile the companies.

Note that only $2B+ (Midcap+) companies are included in this list.

Dividend raises were noted from companies such as: Campbell Soup Co (CPB), Verizon Communications Inc (VZ), Phillip Morris International Inc (PM), Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), Microsoft Corp (MSFT), Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT), American Express Co (AXP), Realty Income Corp (O), McDonald’s Corp (MCD) and many more. Top raises came from InterDigital Inc (IDCC), Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (GT), Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), and CLARCOR Inc (CLC). Dividend Cuts were announced by Viacom Inc (VIA), Plains All American Pipeline L.P. (PAA) and Plains GP Holdings L.P. (PAGP).

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