NEW YORK (

TheStreet

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Duke Energy

(DUK) - Get Report

shares slumped in early trading Wednesday even after the power company announced a 2% increase to its quarterly dividend.

Duke Energy

said late Tuesday it has increased its quarterly cash dividend to 24.5 cents, an increase of a half cent over the previous level. The dividend is payable on Sept. 16 to shareholders of record at the close of business Aug. 13. The increased dividend represents a yield of 6.1%, up from its previous dividend yield of 5.94%.

"The dividend increase announced today is consistent with our previously stated objective to continue growing the dividend but at a slower rate than the long-term growth in our adjusted-diluted earnings per share," Duke Energy Chairman and CEO James Rogers said in a statement.

Despite the increased dividend, shares of Duke Energy were down 0.5% to $16.24.

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Last month,

Duke Energy

said it had an adjusted first-quarter profit of 36 cents a share, above the Thomson Reuters average estimate for earnings of 32 cents a share.

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cut its second-quarter dividend to $1.10 per share, down from its first-quarter dividend of $1.20 per share. Hatteras CEO Michael Hough acknowledged the lower dividend, saying that the "quarterly dividend level is appropriate given our outlook for the remainder of 2010."

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Shares of Hatteras, which will pay the dividend on July 23 to stockholders of record on July 2, were down 1.3% to $29.05.

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston

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