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Dividend Hikes: Bob Evans, Ship Finance

Stocks in this article: LO ITW MON BOBE SFL ALV PH

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) and Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) joined a roster of companies raising their shareholder payouts this month.

Ship Finance International, an operator of vessels and offshore related assets, announced Thursday a 6.1% increase of its quarterly dividend to 35 cents per share, marking the Bermuda-based company's second dividend increase in 2010. It will be paid on or about Sept. 30 to shareholders of record on Sept. 10. Ship Finance's shares pushed up 1.3% Thursday.

Restaurant operator Bob Evans said late Wednesday its board of directors approved an 11.1% increase of its quarterly cash dividend from 18 cents per share to 20 cents per share. The increased dividend will be payable Sept. 21 to shareholders on record at the close of trading on Sept. 7. Shares were up through most of Thursday's sessions but were unable to hold onto early gains, closing off by 0.1%.

>>Bob Evans Dishes Out Increased Dividend

Ship Finance and Bob Evans' dividend hikes followed a string of shareholder payout increases this month.

Cigarette manufacturer Lorillard (LO) said last week it raised its quarterly dividend by 12.5% to $1.125 per share, up from $1 per share, payable Sept. 10 to stockholders of record on Sept. 1.

Getty Realty (GTY), a real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and leasing of retail motor fuel and convenience store properties, raised its quarterly payout by half a cent to 48 cents per share payable Oct. 14 to shareholders of record on Sept. 30.

Harleysville Group (HGIC), an insurance holding company, upped its quarterly payout by 3.5 cents, or 10.8%, to 36 cents per share, payable Sept. 30 to shareholders of record on Sept. 15.

Autoliv (ALV), maker of airbags and other automotive safety parts, raised its quarterly dividend by a nickel per share, or 16.7%, to 35 cents per share, payable Dec. 9 to shareholders of record on Nov. 4.

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