Last week, investors were rewarded with, in addition to a rising stock market, dividend increases from many stocks, one of which upped its payment by more than 170%. Stockpickr has come up with the list of stocks that last week increased their dividends by more than 8% and has compiled them in the Top Dividend-Increasers for the Week Ending 12-09-07.
By far, last week's top dividend-raiser is
, which raised its quarterly dividend from 11 cents to 30 cents a share, an enormous increase of 172.7%. And to top it off, the company also declared a 31-cent supplemental dividend. This steel manufacturer said the increase reflects the successful building of "Nucor's long-term earnings power." The stock offers a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12, a P/E-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 1.8 and a yield of 2%.
Nucor is owned by
, a group of hedge funds that purportedly has generated a return in excess of 40% every year since inception. SAC, which was founded by Steven Cohen, has $12 billion under management. Other stocks that SAC owns include
China Petroleum & Chemical
, with a yield of 1.2%;
, with a 1.7% yield; and
, which has a 3.6% yield.
Another recent dividend-raiser is
, the orthopedic and medical products company, which increased its annual dividend by 50% to 33 cents a share. A recent report in
Investor's Business Daily
notes that the No. 1 supplier of artificial hips for seniors is now going after the younger hip-replacement market. The stock has a P/E of 32, a PEG of 1.7 and a yield of 0.4%.
Stryker also appears in the portfolio of the
(SHSSX), which looks for long-term growth through investments in health sciences companies. This five-star Morningstar-rated fund has generated a reported average annual return of 22.7% over the past three years. The fund also owns
, with a yield of 2.5%;
, with a 1.4% yield; and
, with a 1.1% yield.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
also raised its annual dividend by 40% to $1.75 a share. Jim Cramer also recently recommended Freeport-McMoRan as a China play. The stock has a P/E of 13, a PEG of 0.3 and a yield of 1.2%.
Famous hedge fund manager and trader
also likes Freeport-McMoRan, along with other stocks such as
, which pays a dividend of 1%,
, which yields 0.7%, and
, which also yields 0.7%.
For the rest of the 10 stocks we've selected from last week's dividend-raisers, check out the
At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.
James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs a fund of hedge funds. He is also a weekly columnist for
The Financial Times
and the author of
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