Saturday, March 10, 2018

20 Dividend Increases: February 26-March 2, 2018 (Part 2: Remaining Sectors)

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch is one way to identify candidates for further analysis. I look for announcements from stocks in the CCC list, but I use several screens to limit the number of stocks to monitor.

For example, I require a dividend yield of at least 1.5% for Dividend Challengers and a dividend yield of at least 1.0% for Dividend Contenders and Dividend Champions.

In the past week, 20 companies on my watch list decided to increase their dividends, including one of the stocks I hold in my portfolio. Part 1 presented dividend increases of stocks in the Consumer Discretionary and Financials sectors. This is Part 2, which covers dividend increase announcements from the remaining sectors.

Four increases presented in Part 2 are double-digit increases.

The top increase is from Willis Towers Watson (WLTW), a global advisory, broking, and solutions company serving large companies as well as mid-market and small businesses worldwide. WLTW announced an increase of 13.2% and now yields 1.52% at $154.92 per share.

The runner-up is Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), a publicly owned real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership and operation of lifestyle oriented properties in the United States. ELS announced an increase of 12.8% and the stock now yields 2.60% at $83.60 per share.

To see details about these and dividend increases in sectors other than the Consumer Discretionary and Financials sectors, please read this article at Seeking Alpha. 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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