Considering last week was very volatile, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down three out of the five days, it is amazing that there were a huge number -- 29 -- of companies that raised their dividends during the week.
It just goes to show you that even though the market has dropped more than 3% in the last couple of weeks, many companies themselves are doing well, with dividend recipients of some of these names benefiting from payout increases of 5.3% to 233%.
Stockpickr has reviewed all of the the stocks that raised their dividends last week and posted the top 15 companies in the
One of the stocks with the biggest dividend increases is
, which bumped up its quarterly dividend by 30% to 21 cents a share. This medical products manufacturer was in the news recently after the Food and Drug Administration approved its V-Link with VitalShield, a needleless IV connector containing an antimicrobial coating. The company expects to start distributing the device during the first six months of next year. Baxter has a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 23, a P/E-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 1.6 and a yield of 1.5%.
Baxter is one of
. Cramer also likes
, which yields 1.8%,
, which also yields 1.8%, and one of his longtime favorites,
, which is now paying out about 2%.
Another stock with a big dividend increase last week is power train manufacturing company
, which amplified its payout rate by 29%. In addition to the quarterly-dividend raise, the company declared a 2-for-1 stock split. Moody's announced that it may upgrade BorgWarner's senior unsecured debt, due to the company's increased cash flow from debt reduction and higher earnings. The stock has a P/E of 22, a PEG of 1.3 and a yield of 0.4%.
BorgWarner is part of the
portfolio, a list of publicly traded companies with environmentally conscious products. Three non-dividend stocks in the portfolio are
, with a PEG of 7, and
, with a 1.7 PEG.
raised its quarterly dividend to 44 cents a share, an increase of 26%.
recently cut back on his holdings in this railroad stock. The company last month reported a 26.7% profit rise in its third quarter. The stock has a P/E of 18.5, a PEG of 0.9 and a yield of 1.1%.
Union Pacific is owned by top hedge fund manager
, who continues to appear on the Forbes 400 list of richest people in America. Soros also owns
Companhia Vale do Rio Doce
, which yields 0.9%,
, yielding 1.3%, and
, paying 1.6%.
To see all 15 of the stocks that raised their dividends last week, including the one that raised its annual payout by 233%, check out the
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