Top Dividend Stocks of the Week: Bunge - TheStreet

Updated from 9:41 a.m. EDT

In spite of the market drops, many companies continue to raise their dividends. Last week, 10 companies increased their dividends by more than 8%, and Stockpickr has put together a list of the

Top Dividend-Raisers for the Week

.

One of the top dividend-raisers is

Molson Coors Brewing

(TAP) - Get Report

, the brewer of Molson, Coors, Blue Moon, Keystone and Zima brands, which raised its quarterly dividend by 25% to 20 cents per share. The company just announced that it is donating ethanol fuel made mostly out of beer waste to the Democratic National Convention. The stock has a P/E of 20 and a PEG of 1.32, and it pays a yield of 1.4%.

Molson is owned by

David J. Greene and Company

, a value investing money manager that has been in business since 1938. It currently has about $2.5 billion under management. Greene also owns

Cytec Industries

(CYT)

, which has a yield of 0.8%;

Southern Union

( SUG), with a yield of 2.2%; and

Centerpoint Energy

(CNP) - Get Report

, with a 4.5% yield.

Another dividend raiser is

American Ecology

(ECOL) - Get Report

, a waste management company that disposes of radioactive, hazardous, polychlorinated biphenyls, and industrial waste. It boosted its quarterly dividend by 20% to 18 cents a share. Its earnings for the latest quarter were up 18% on a revenue increase of a similar percentage. The stock has a P/E of 26 and a PEG of 1.12, and it pays a yield of 2.1%.

American Ecology is in the portfolio of the

Pacific Advisors Small Cap Fund

, a Morningstar-rated three-star fund managed by George Henning. The fund has had an average annual return of 36.68% over the last five years. The fund also owns

Terra Industries

( TRA), which yields 1%, and

Commercial Metals

(CMC) - Get Report

, which yields 1.4%.

Bunge

(BG) - Get Report

is another company that increased its quarterly dividend last week, moving it up by 11.8% to 19 cents per share. This agricultural and food products company recently elected Ernest Bachrach, Enrique Boilini and Michael Bulkin to the its board of directors, and shareholders approved the amendment of the company's bylaws to permit Bunge to repurchase or otherwise acquire its shares. The stock has a P/E of 15 and a PEG of 1.51, and it pays a yield of 0.6%.

Bunge is owned by the

Janus Adviser Forty Fund

, a long-term capital growth fund managed by Scott Schoelzel. The fund has had an average annual return of 21.19% over the last three years. The fund also owns

Potash

(POT)

, which yields 0.2%,

Merrill Lynch

( MER), with a yield of 3.1%, and

Monsanto

(MON)

, yielding 0.6%.

For a list of all 10

Top Dividend Raisers

for last week, check out the portfolio on Stockpickr.com

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

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