According to Ned Davis Research, $100 invested in all dividend payers of the S&P 500 index in 1972, would have grown to $2,266 by the end of 2009. The same $100 invested in non-dividend paying stocks in the S&P 500 returned a negative 39% over the same period. The performance of dividend payers and initiators was even better, returning $2,945 on the initial investment in 1972. Dividend investors should utilize every edge they could find in order to deliver above average total returns. As a result, the findings of the Ned Davis study should not be ignored. The reason whydividend growers outperform is that they represent an elite group of companies which grow earnings, reinvest some of it in the business, and distribute the rest to stockholders. Rising profits equal rising stock prices over the long run, and rising dividends as well.
Some of the companies which raised distributions over the past week include:
The Clorox Company (CLX) engages in the production, marketing, and sales of consumer products in the United States and internationally. The company raised dividends by 10% to 55 cents/share. This was the thirty-third consecutive year of dividend increases for this dividend aristocrat. The stock yields 3.40%. (analysis)
First Financial Corporation (THFF) through its subsidiaries, provides various financial services in Indiana and Illinois. The company raised its semi-annual dividend by 2.20% to 46 cents/share. This dividend achiever has managed to increase dividends to shareholders for 22 consecutive years. The stock yields 3.20%.
Bunge Limited (BG) engages in the agriculture and food businesses worldwide. The company approved a 9.5% increase in the company’s regular quarterly cash dividend, from $0.21 to $0.23 per share. The company, which is a member of the international dividend achievers, has consistently raised dividends since 2003. The stock yields 1.90%.
Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. (TRH), through its subsidiaries, offers reinsurance capacity for a range of property and casualty products, directly and through brokers, to insurance and reinsurance companies, in domestic and international markets. The dividend was raised by 5% to 21 cents/share. The Board of Directors has raised the quarterly distributions of this dividend achiever every year since TRH became a public company in 1990. The stock yields 1.80%.
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP), through its subsidiaries, provides rail and intermodal freight transportation services. The company increased its next quarterly dividend to 27 Cents/share from 24.75 cents per share. Thisinternational dividend achiever has consistently raised distributions since 2004. The stock yields 1.90%.