Natural gas pipeline operator Williams Partner ( WPZ) raised its quarterly payout by a penny and a half to 68.75 cents per share. Williams will pay the higher dividend on Nov. 12 to holders of record on Nov. 5, bringing its yield to 6.2%.

Consumer energy company CMS Energy ( CMS) gave a 40% boost to its quarterly dividend. It will pay shareholders 21 cents per share on Nov. 30 to holders of record on Nov. 5. CMS' new yield is 4.6%.

Coke bottler Coca-Cola Enterprises ( CCE) raised its quarterly payout by 33.3%, to 12 cents per share. The new dividend will be available Dec. 9 to shareholders of record on Nov. 26, bringing its yield to 2%.

Columbia Sportswear ( COLM) announced a 2 cent-per share, or 11.1%, increase to its quarterly dividend. The apparel maker will pay 20 cents per share on Nov. 24 to holders of record on Nov. 10. Columbia Sportswear's yield is 1.5%.

International reinsurer PartnerRe ( PRE) added 5 cents per share to its quarterly payout. It will pay 55 cents per share on Dec. 1 to holders of record on Nov. 19. PartnerRe's yield is 2.8%.

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