BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Earnings season has brought dividend increases back in a big way during the last two weeks, ending the dry spell in July that previously had investors seeing only a handful of dividend hikes for the month. But we're far from back to normal on the dividend front.
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Yesterday was rough for breakfast cereal giant Kellogg ( K), with shares of the Frosted Flakes maker falling 6.87% Thursday following the company's unimpressive earnings release. But while Kellogg did see its sales decline in the second quarter of 2010, that didn't stop management from declaring an 8% dividend increase, bringing the stock's current yield to 3.13%.
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Semiconductor-maker Altera ( ALTR) has had a strong run so far in 2010. Shares of the company are already up 22% year-to-date. But in today's tough economic environment, management's sweetening the pot by growing its dividend payouts to shareholders. The company increased their quarterly shareholder check 20% last week, bringing it to 6 cents per share.
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Niche real estate investment trust Digital Realty Trust ( DLR) may not be the highest-yielding stock in its category, but it is one of the most interesting -- and one of the most consistent when it comes to dividend increases. Digital Realty, which leases properties to high tech firms, announced a 10.4% dividend increase last week, bringing the trust's yield to 3.42%.
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