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Friday, March 2, 2018

33 Dividend Increases: February 19-23, 2018 (Part 1: Real Estate and Financials Sectors)

Companies that regularly raise their dividends show confidence in potential growth of future earnings. Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch is one way I identify candidates for further analysis.

In the past week, 33 companies on my watch list decided to increase their dividends, including two of the stocks I hold in my portfolio.

Part 1 provides a summary of dividend increases announced by stocks in the Real Estate and Financials sectors. Part 2 will cover dividend increases from Consumer Discretionary and Materials sector stocks, while Part 3 will cover the remaining sectors.

Four stocks in the Real Estate and Financials sectors announced double digit percentage increases and two more are within a rounding error of a 10% raise!

The top increase is from Cohen & Steers (CNS), a global investment manager that specializes in liquid real assets, including real estate securities, listed infrastructure, commodities and natural resource equities, and preferred securities. CNS announced an increase of 17.9% and the stock now yields 3.30% at $49.97 per share.

The runner-up is Assured Guaranty (AGO) with a 12.3% increase. AGO provides credit protection products to public finance, infrastructure, and structured finance markets in the United States and internationally. The stock now yields 1.85% at $36.67 per share.

To see details of last week's dividend increases announced by stocks in the Real Estate and Financials 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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