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Monday, March 5, 2018

33 Dividend Increases: February 19-23, 2018 (Part 3: Remaining Sectors)

Monitoring dividend increases for stocks on my watch is one way to identify candidates for further analysis. Last week, 33 companies on my watch list announced dividend increases. I own two of these stocks in my DivGro portfolio.

Part 1 presented dividend increases from stocks in the Financials and Real Estate sectors, while Part 2 covered Consumer Discretionary and Materials sector stocks.

This is Part 3, which covers the remaining sectors.

None of the stocks in the remaining sectors announced double digit percentage increases.

The top increase is from Wast Management (WM), a leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. WM increased its dividend by 9.4% and now yields 2.17% at $85.49 per share.

Two of the stocks I own announced dividend increases, Xcel Energy (XEL) and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). XEL announced a dividend increase of 5.6% and now yields 3.53% at $44.77 per share, while WMT announced a small increase of 1.96%, now yielding 2.34% at $92.89.

To see all the dividend increases in the sectors other than those covered in Part 1 and Part 2, 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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