Several US companies and some dividend aristocrats announce a dividend increase in September. Here is a brief update.
Dividend Aristocrat McDonald’s increases its dividend by 7%. Investors now receive a quarterly dividend of $1.38 per share (prior dividend of $1.29). The fast-food chain was one of the few companies in the sector not to cut its dividend in 2020. In fact, McDonald’s has increased its dividend for 45 years in a row. The current dividend yield is 2.23%.
Microsoft increases its dividend payout by 10.7% to $0.62 per share quarterly dividend. This is already the 19th consecutive year of annual dividend increases for Microsoft. The board of directors also approved a new share repurchase program authorizing up to $60B in share repurchases. The current dividend yield is 0.83%.
Realty Income (O)
The real estate fund Realty Income has increased the dividend by 0.2%, to $ 0.236 per month. It is the third small raise in 2021 by Realty Income, which now offers a 4.3% dividend yield. The ex-dividend date for the share is always the last trading day of the month and is popular amongst income and dividend growth investors. Realty Income is also a dividend aristocrat and the annual payout growth rate is around 3.5%.
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN)
Texas Instruments increased its quarterly dividend by 12.7% to $1.15 per share in 2021. This dividend hike marks the 18th consecutive year of dividend increases in a row. The current dividend is excellent for an IT company with 2.35%.
W.P. Carey (WPC)
W. P. Carey has raised its quarterly dividend by 0.2 percent to $1.052 per share quarterly dividend from the prior dividend of $1.050. The current dividend yield is 5.53%. W.P. Carey is a dividend achiever, which has managed to increase dividends for 23 years in a row.
Members can use the following related lists:
- Inspiration list – Changes in DAX dividends and Dow Jones 30
- Inspiration list – Dividend Kings – Dividend increases
- Inspiration list – Dividend Increases (Aristocrats)
Other Sources of Dividend Investment Ideas
There are several lists to quickly screen for businesses that regularly pay rising dividends.
- The Dividend Aristocrats Index is based on 64 companies part of the S&P 500 and with 25+ years of consecutive dividend increases.
- The Dividend Kings List is even more exclusive than the Dividend Aristocrats. It is comprised of less than 20 businesses with 50+ years of consecutive dividend increases.
- The MoneyInvestExpert Defensive Aristocrats is a performance-based top-10 selection of the Dividend Aristocrats to outperform the market in the long-term.
- Portfolio lists like the Berkshire Hathaway Portfolio or Bill Gates’stock portfolio can be a source.
- For the European focused investors, there is also the list of European Dividend Aristocrats.
- Dividend Champions are not necessarily members of the S&P 500 index, have increased their dividend for 25 or more consecutive years.
- 100+ years of dividend, the list of stocks that pay over 100 years of dividend can be a list of inspiration.
- Blue Chips stocks from the US or the European ones.
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