New Dividend: 31.25 cents per share
Dividend Percent Increase: 4.17%Current Yield: 4.02% Leave it to a big yielder like Williams (WMB - Get Report) to trickle out a slow and steady dividend hike. While last Thursday's 4.17% payout increase wasn't the biggest, it tacks a little more onto what's already a hefty payout for the $20 billion energy firm. >>6 Stocks to Benefit From Lower Gas Prices Williams is a pipeline company that owns and operates more than 15,000 miles of natural gas pipelines, processing close to 10% of the country's natgas needs. Not long ago, Williams owned an exploration and production business, but the firm spun that off at the start of 2012, forming WPX Energy (WPX). That move makes Williams a pure play on pipelines right now, if an unremarkable one. This is a solid name to turn to for a consistently high-paying name.