Chubb

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said Thursday that its board has decided to boost the Warren, N.J., insurer's quarterly dividend to 35 cents a share from 33 cents, a 6.1% increase.

The dividend is payable April 7 to shareholders of record on March 20.

However, despite the increase, Chubb, a property and casualty insurer, didn't see its shares benefit. Recently the stock was down 0.3% at $40.14.

Still, Chubb's ability to lift its dividend contrasts with other recent headlines in the wider insurance universe, where some firms are having to take drastic steps to preserve capital. For instance,

Allstate

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cut its payout in half this week, and

Hartford

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recently

lowered its rate

.

Elsewhere in the sector,

AIG

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was up 8.8% at 50 cents, and

CNA

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was adding 4.3% to $8.70.

Travelers

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was down 1.8% to $37.23, while

American Financial

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was up 0.9% at $16.10.