A good way to start off the new year is with a dividend increase on one of your stocks. There were several stocks that increased their dividends, and Stockpickr has compiled a list of the top 10 stocks that increased their dividends for the week: Top Dividend-Increasers for the Week Ending 1-12-08.
Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF - Get Report) is one of these companies, having raised its quarterly dividend 40% to 17.5 cents a share. This company is in the business of producing iron ore pellets for integrated steel companies. The stock has a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 19 and a yield of 0.8%.
Cleveland-Cliffs is a stock owned by Tontine Partners, a hedge fund with a few billion dollars under management that was up over 100% in both 2003 and 2005. Other stocks it holds are Wabash National (WNC - Get Report), which has a yield of 2.3%, Trinity Industries (TRN - Get Report), yielding 1.1%, and Ryland Group (RYL - Get Report), which has a 2% yield.
Corus Entertainment (CJR) is another stock that raised its annual dividend, bumping it up by 20 cents, or 20%. In addition to its dividend increase, the Toronto, Ontario-based television and radio company just announced a 2-for-1 stock split. The stock has a P/E of 17.5 and a yield of 2.3%.Corus also shows up in the Stockpickr portfolio MSN Money 40 Best Technicals, which, as its name suggests, lists the top technical stocks according to MSN Money. Other stocks in the portfolio include Albemarle (ALB - Get Report), with a yield of 1.1%, Goldcorp (GG - Get Report), with a 0.5% yield, and Heico (HEI), which has a yield of 0.2%.