Tuesday, February 20, 2018

27 Dividend Increases: February 12-16, 2018 (Part 1: Industrials and Information Technology Stocks)

I like monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch list of dividend growth stocks because I consider such stocks to be candidates for further analysis. Companies that regularly raise their dividend payments show confidence in future earnings growth potential.

In the past week, 27 companies on my watch list decided to increase their dividends, including four of the stocks I hold in my portfolio. Part 1 provides a summary of dividend increases announced by stocks in the Industrials and Information Technology sectors. Part 2 will cover dividend increases from stocks in the Financials, Consumer Discretionary, and Real Estate sectors, while Part 3 will cover the remaining sectors.

As a bonus, I include a summary of available ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks.

The top increase in the Industrials and Information Technology sectors, is from KLA-Tencor (KLAC), a supplier of process control and yield management solutions for the semiconductor and related nano-electronics industries. KLAC impressed with an increase of 27%. The stock now yields 2.79% at $107.52 per share.

Six other stocks in these sectors announced double-digit percentage increases, including  Jack Henry & Associates (JKHY) with a 19% increase, and Robert Half International (RHI) win a 17% increase. One of my stocks, Cisco Systems (CSCO), increased its dividend by 14%.

To see details of the dividend increases announced by stocks in the Industrials and Information Technology sectors, please read this article at Seeking Alpha. I include three F.A.S.T. Graphs to illustrate the impressive earnings and dividend growth rates of some of these stocks.

As a bonus, I'm including a summary of ex-dividend dates for the next two weeks. Scan the list of stocks to see if there's a stock you want to pick up before the ex-dividend date so you can grab the next dividend.

Please feel free to leave comments on this article either at Seeking Alpha or here, on my blog. I'll do my best to respond to each comment as quickly as possible.

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