35 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Reynolds American ( RAI), CSX ( CSX), and Accenture ( ACN) joined a roster of companies raising their shareholder payouts in recent weeks.

On Friday, cigarette maker Reynolds American announced an increase of its quarterly dividend, as well as a two-for-one stock split. The stock split will be in the form a special 100% stock dividend, the company said, whereby shareholders of record on Nov. 1 will receive one additional share of RAI common stock for each share they own, to be issued on Nov. 15.

Reynolds' quarterly dividend will increase to 49 cents per share, from 45 cents per share, on a split-adjusted basis. On a presplit basis, the increase amounts to an 8.9% higher payout, payable Jan. 3, 2011 to shareholders of record on Dec. 10. That brings Reynolds' dividend yield to 3.3% as of the close of trading Thursday

On Thursday, Healthcare Services Group ( HCSG), a provider of housekeeping and maintenance services to the healthcare industry, announced it raised its quarterly dividend by 1.1% to 23.25 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid Nov. 5 to shareholders of record on Oct. 22.

The increase came in conjunction with the release of Healthcare Services' third-quarter financial report, which included a 9% increase in revenue and 12% jump in year-over-year earnings. The increased dividend brings the company's current yield to 3.8%.

Matthews International ( MATW), a casket and cremation equipment maker, increased its shareholder payout by 14.3% to 8 cents per share. The higher dividend will be paid Nov. 8 to shareholders of record on Oct. 25.

Matthews' current dividend yield is 0.9%.

Plastic compound supplier A. Schulman ( SHLM) upped its quarterly payout by 3.3% to 15.5 cents per share, to be paid Nov. 1 to shareholders of record on Oct. 25. That brings A. Schulman's current yield to 3%.

Duncan Energy Partners ( DEP), a natural gas utility, increased its shareholder payout by 0.6% to 45.25 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid Nov. 8 to shareholders of record on Oct. 29, bringing its current yield to 5.5% .

Another natural gas utility, Enterprise Products Partners ( EPD), also increased its dividend this week. Enterprise Products raised its payout by 1.3% to 58.25 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid Nov. 8 to shareholders of record on Oct. 29, for a current yield of 5.6%.

Enterprise GP Holdings ( EPE), which owns the general partner of Enterprise Products, increased the partnerships' quarterly distribution by 2.7% to 57.5 cents per share. The new payout will be available Nov. 8 to shareholders of record as of Oct. 29, for a current yield of 3.7%.

Omega Healthcare Investors ( OHI), a financer for the long-term care industry, increased its quarterly dividend by 2.8% to 37 cents per share. The new payout will be available Nov. 15 to shareholders of record on Oct. 29, for a current yield of 7.1%.

Regional bank Lakeland Bancorp ( LBAI) raised its quarterly payout by 20% to 6 cents per common share. The cash dividend will be paid Nov. 15 to holders of record on Oct. 29. That brings its current yield to 2.6%.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners ( CLMT), an operator of refineries in several U.S. states, raised its quarterly dividend to 46 cents per share, a 1.1% increase. The higher dividend will be paid Nov. 12 to shareholders of record on Nov. 2. That brings its current yield to 8.7%.

Crude oil gatherer and marketer Genesis Energy ( GEL) raised its quarterly distribution by 3.3% to 38.75 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid Nov. 12 to shareholders of record on Nov. 2, for a current yield of 6.2%.

iGate ( IGTE), a provider of IT-enabled offshore outsourcing, will pay its shareholders a dividend of 15 cents per share, a 36.4% jump from its prior payout. The new distribution will be paid Dec. 28 to shareholders of record on Dec. 1 for a current yield of 3.2%.

Communications equipment maker Qualcomm ( QCOM) raised its dividend by 11.8% to 19 cents per share. It will be paid Dec. 22 to stockholders of record on Nov. 24. That brings its current yield to 1.7%.

Shamir Optical Industries Limited ( SHMR), a technology provider to the ophthalmic lens market, increased its shareholder payout by 32% to 80.4 cents per share. It will be paid Nov. 24 to shareholders of record on Nov. 8, bringing its current yield to a strong 22.4%.

Natural gas storage facility manager PAA Natural Gas Storage ( PNG) raised its quarterly distribution by 58.8% to 33.75 cents per share. It will be paid Nov. 12 to shareholders of record on Nov. 2, for a current yield of 5.6%.

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior ( BLX), commonly known as Bladex, increased its quarterly cash dividend by 13.3% to 17 cents per share. The Panama-based firm, which offers financial services for banks and corporations in Latin American and Caribbean, will pay the higher dividend on Nov. 1 to shareholders of record on Oct. 22, bringing its current yield to 4.4%.

Natural gas midstream operator Targa Resources ( NGLS) increased its quarterly payout by 1.8% to 53.75 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid Nov. 12 to shareholders of record on Oct. 18, bringing its current yield to 7.5%.

Chemical manufacturer RPM International ( RPM) raised its payout by 2.4% to 21 cents per share. The increased dividend will be paid Oct. 29 to shareholders of record on Oct. 18. RPM's current yield is 4.1%.

Goodrich ( GR), a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets, upped its quarterly payout by 7.4% to 29 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid Dec. 30 to shareholders of record on Dec. 1. Goodrich's current yield is 1.5%.

Collectors Universe ( CLCT), a provider of authentication and grading services to dealers and collectors of high-value coins, trading cards, stamps and other collectible memorabilia, raised its dividend by 8.3% to 32.5 cents per share. It will be paid Nov. 19 to shareholders of record on Nov. 5. That brings Collectors' yield to 8.1%.

Water utility Artesian Resources ( ARTNA) approved a 0.5% increase in the Class A non-voting and Class B common shareholders' dividend, raising the annual dividend to 75.68 cents per share. The quarterly dividend of 18.92 cents per share will be paid Nov. 19 to shareholders of record on Nov. 8. Artesian's current yield is 4%.

West Pharmaceutical Services ( WST), a manufacturer of components and systems for injectable drug delivery and plastic packaging, approved an increase of one cent per share to its dividend, or a 6.3% increase. The new dividend of 17 cents per share will be paid Nov. 3 to shareholders of record on Oct. 20, bringing its current yield to 1.9%.

Senior Housing Properties Trust ( SNH), a real estate investment trust , raised its payout by 2.8% to 37 cents per share. It will be paid Nov. 12 to shareholders of record on Oct. 15. That brings its current yield to 6.2%.

Northwest Natural Gas ( NWN) increased its quarterly dividend by 4.8% to 43.5 cents. The dividend will be paid Nov. 15 to shareholders of record on Oct. 29 for a current yield of 3.5%.

HopFed Bancorp ( HFBC), a holding company of Hopkinsville, Ky.-based Heritage Bank, declared a quarterly cash dividend of 8 cents per share and a 2% stock dividend. Both the cash and stock dividend will be paid on Oct. 15 to stockholders of record as of Sept. 30. HopFed's current yield is 6.2%.

Regional bank Bank of the Ozarks ( OZRK) raised its quarterly dividend by a penny, or 6.7%, to 16 cents per share. It will be paid Oct. 22 to shareholders of record on Oct. 15. That brings its current yield to 1.7%.

Claymore Dividend & Income Fund ( DCS), a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company, increased its quarterly dividend by 25% to 12.5 cents per share. The dividend will be paid Nov. 30 to holders of record on Nov. 15 for a current yield of 3.4%.

Management consulting and outsource company Accenture declared its semi-annual dividend of 45 cents per share, increasing its payout by 20%. The higher dividend will be paid Nov. 15 to shareholders of record on Oct. 12. The increase brings Accenture's yield to 4%.

American Financial Group ( AFG), a small-cap insurance holding company, raised its dividend by 18.2% to 16.25 cents per share The dividend is payable on Oct. 25 to shareholders of record on Oct. 15. AFG's current yield is 2.1%.

MFA Financial ( MFA), a real estate investment trust , raised its payout by 18.4% to 22.5 cents per share. It will be paid Oct. 29 to shareholders of record on Oct. 12. The increase brings MFA Financial's yield to 11.8%.

Clarcor ( CLC), a provider of industrial and environmental filtration products, increased its quarterly dividend by 7.7% to 10.5 cents a share. The dividend is payable Oct. 22 to shareholders of record Oct. 8. for a current yield of 1.1%.

Railroad operator and economic bellweather CSX approved an 8.3% dividend increase to 26 cents per share. The higher dividend is payable on Dec. 15 to stockholders of record on Nov. 30, bringing CSX's current yield to 1.7%.

Chatham Lodging Trust ( CLDT), a real estate investment trust , declared its first ever dividend of 17.5 cents per share. It will be paid Oct. 29 to shareholders of record on Oct. 15 for a current yield of 3.7%.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ( CBRL), a restaurant-retail operation that sells everything from country-style rocking chairs and seasonal gifts to cookware and old-fashioned candies, increased its quarterly payout by 10% to 22 cents per share. The dividend is payable on Nov. 5 to shareholders of record on Oct. 15. for a yield of 1.7%.

Atlantic Tele-Network ( ATNI), a communications services provider to rural and under-served markets in the U.S. and the Caribbean, declared its quarterly dividend of 22 cents per share, an increase of 10%. It was paid Oct. 12 to shareholders of record on Oct. 6. Atlantic's current yield is 1.7%.

-- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York.

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