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Monday, December 31, 2018

Summary Of Dividend Increases In 2018

I like monitoring dividend increases for a selection of stocks in the CCC list because I consider such stocks to be worthy candidates for further analysis. The following screens determine the selection:

     • Dividend Yield ≥ 1.0%
     • Market cap ≥ $1 billion
     • No stocks that are being acquired
     • No Over-The-Counter or Pink Sheet stocks

This article provides a summary of 2018's dividend increases, as summarized in my weekly Dividend Increases articles. In preparing for this article, I excluded dividend increases of stocks not in the latest available CCC list (dated 11/30/18) and those that no longer pass the above screens.

Exactly 471 companies in the latest CCC list announced dividend increases in 2018, but several companies increased their dividends more than once in 2018. In all, there are 580 dividend increases.

The top increase is from NetApp (NTAP) with a 100% increase. NTAP is a hybrid cloud data services company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The stock yields 2.71% at $59.09 per share.

The runner-up is Zions Bancorporation (ZION) with three different increases. The effective year-over-year increase is 87.5%. Founded in 1873 and based in Salt Lake City, Utah, ZION is a financial services company that provides banking and related products and services in the western United States.

For more detail and to see the average dividend increase of 2018, please read this article at Seeking Alpha.

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