New Dividend: 62 cents quarterly (per share)
Dividend Percent Increase: 5.5%Current Yield: 4.18% Next up on the list is DTE Energy (DTE), a $10 billion energy company that owns two regulated utilities. Like most utilities, DTE also operates a number of unregulated business, including energy trading and natural gas transportation. The firm announced a 5.5% dividend increase last Thursday, bringing its already hefty yield to 4.18%. >>5 Energy Stocks T. Boone Pickens Loves Right Now Income investors should like the fact that DTE's nonregulated businesses are relatively small. That means that the company's earnings are more consistent and predictable (and thus so are dividend payouts) than peers with hefty exposure to merchant energy generation or trading. DTE is a solid core income holding for investors looking for utility exposure.
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