33 Dividend Stocks Increasing Payouts

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Yamana Gold ( AUY), Marriott International ( MAR) and Unilever ( UL) joined a roster of companies raising their shareholder payouts in the past week.

Dividend activity has picked up lately as companies begin to regain some sense of stability in the state of the economy, and visibility of future earnings growth. The iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend ( DVY), an exchange-traded fund that tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Dividend Index, is up nearly 3% over the past month, and up nearly 12% so far in 2010.

Insurance holding company EMC Insurance Group ( EMCI) raised its quarterly dividend by a penny per share to 19 cents. The new payout will be available Nov. 24 to shareholders of record on Nov. 17, bringing EMC's current dividend yield to 3.4%.

KKR Financial ( KFN), an investment services firm, upped its quarterly payout by 2 cents per share to 14 cents. The next dividend will be paid on Dec. 1 to shareholders of record on Nov. 17. That brings KKR's new yield to 6.1%.

Movie theatre manager Cinemark Holdings ( CNK) will pay its shareholders a 16.7% larger dividend of 21 cents per share. The higher payout will be available Dec. 7 to shareholders of record on Nov. 22 for a new yield of 4.5%.

Telus ( TU), a Canadian telecommunications firm, raised its quarterly dividend to 52.5 cents per share, from 50 cents per share. Payable in Canadian funds, less Canadian tax, the new dividend will be available to Jan. 4, 2011 to shareholders of record on Dec. 10.

Consumer goods supplier Unilever N.V. ( UN) raised its dividend by 6% to 29.16 cents per share. It will be paid Dec. 15 to shareholders of record on Nov. 12 for a new yield of 3.7%. Parent company Unilever ( UL) raised its payout by the same amount for a new yield of 3.8%.

Textainer Group ( TGH), a manager of intermodal containers, will pay its shareholders 2 cents more per share, or 27 cents, on a quarterly basis. The higher dividend will be paid Nov. 24 to holders of record on Nov. 15 for a new yield of 3.9%.

Hotelier Marriott International ( MAR) upped the dividend for its class A shares to 8.75 cents per share. The higher dividend will be paid Jan. 7, 2011 to shareholders of record on No. 18, bringing Marriott's new yield to 0.9%.

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Semiconductor maker Microchip Technology ( MCHP) will pay shareholders 34.4 cents per share on a quarterly basis, up from 34.3 cents. The next dividend payment will be made on Dec. 2 to shareholders of record on Nov. 18 for a yield of 4.1%.

National Cinemedia ( NCMI), operator of the largest digital in-theater network in North America, increased its payout by11.1%, from 18 to 20 cents per share, giving the movie company a new yield of 4.2%. The dividend will be paid Dec. 2 to stockholders of record Nov. 18.

Snap-On ( SNA), a manufacturer of tools, shop equipment and diagnostic software, raised its quarterly dividend by 6.7%, from 30 cents to 32 cents per share. That brings Snap-On's annualized yield to 2.4%. The new dividend will be paid Dec. 10 to shareholders of record Nov. 19.

Nationwide Health Properties ( NHP), a real estate investment trust focusing in senior housing, long-term care properties and medical office buildings, upped its quarterly payout by a penny per share to 47 cents. It will be paid next on Dec. 3 to shareholders of record on Nov. 19 for a new yield of 4.7%.

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Savings and loan holding company First PacTrust Bancorp ( FPTB) will award its shareholders with 10 cents per share in quarterly dividend payments, up 100% from its prior payouts of 5 cents per share. The higher dividend will be available Jan. 3, 2011 to holders of record on Dec. 10 for a new yield of 3.5%.

Storage and kitchen product maker Tupperware Brands ( TUP) raised its quarterly dividend by a nickel, or 20%, to 30 cents per share. The next dividend payment will be on Jan. 4, 2011 to holders of record on Dec. 17 for a new yield of 2.5%.

Insurer Maiden Holdings ( MHLD) increased its quarterly dividend by half a cent to 7 cents per share, to be paid next on Jan. 18 to holders of record on Jan. 3. Maiden's new yield is 3.6%.

Lexington Corp. Property Trust ( LXP), a real estate investment trust with leased office, industrial and retail properties, hiked its payout by 15% to 11.5 cents per share. The higher dividend will be paid Jan. 14, 2011 to holders of record on Dec. 31 for a new yield of 5.2%.

Tobacco processor Universal ( UVV) will pay shareholders a penny more per share, or 48 cents per share. The new dividend is payable Feb. 14 to shareholders of record Jan. 10 for a new yield of 4.4%.

For-profit education provider Lincoln Educational Services ( LINC) announced a new annual dividend of $1 per share, to be paid on a quarterly basis. The first dividend will be payable on Dec. 31 to shareholders of record on Dec. 15 for a yield of 6.7%.

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Comfort Systems USA ( FIX), provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning installations and service, announced a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share to be paid on Dec. 20 to holders of record on Nov. 30. That brings Comfort System's yield to 1.8%.

Regional bank Union First Market Bankshares ( UBSH) hiked its dividend by nearly 17%, or a penny per share, to 7 cents. The next payment will be available Nov. 30 to holders of record on Nov. 18 for a new yield of 2.1%.

Atmos Energy ( ATO), a natural gas distributor, upped its payout by half a cent per share to 34 cents. The higher dividend will be paid Dec. 10 to holders of record on Nov. 26 for a new yield of 4.5%.

Aaron's ( AAN), a renter of consumer electronics and home furnishings, said it will pay shareholders an 8.3% larger dividend, or 1.3 cents per share, on a quarterly basis. The new dividend will be available Jan. 4 to holders of record on Dec. 1, bringing its yield to 0.3%.

Holders of Aaron's Class A ( AAN-A) shares will enjoy an equally higher payday for a yield of 0.3%.

Electronic equipment maker Ametek ( AME) announced a 3-for-2 stock split and will increase its quarterly dividend by 50% to 9 cents per share. That brings Ametek's yield to 0.6% on a post-split valuation. The dividend will be paid Dec. 21 to shareholders of record Dec. 10.

Property and casualty insurance company Amtrust Financial Services ( AFSI) increased its dividend by a penny per share to 8 cents. The next dividend will be paid on Jan. 18, 2011 to holders of record on Jan. 3 for a new yield of 2%.

Canadian gold miner Yamana Gold ( AUY) raised its dividend by 50% to 3 cents per share. The higher dividend will be paid on Jan. 14 to holders of record on Dec. 31, bringing Yamana's new yield to 1%.

Technology firm Emerson Electric ( EMR) announced a penny-per-share increase to its quarterly payout, offering shareholders of record on Nov. 12 34.5 cents per share to be paid on Dec. 10. That brings Emerson's yield to 2.4%.

Principal Financial Group ( PFG), a provider of retirement savings, investment and insurance products, will pay shareholders a nickel more per share. The increased annual dividend of 55 cents per share will be paid next on Dec. 3 to holders of record on Nov. 19, for a yield of 1.9%.

Men's footwear distributor Weyco Group ( WEYS) raised its dividend by a penny to 16 cents per share. The higher dividend will be paid on New Year's Day to holders of record on Dec. 2 for a yield of 2.6%.

Kimco Realty ( KIM), a real estate investment trust , raised its quarterly dividend 12.5% to 18 cents per share. The payment will be made on Jan. 18 to holders of record on Jan. 3 for a yield of 4%.

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Fiduciary/Claymore MLP Opportunity Fund ( FMO), a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company, hiked its dividend by half a cent to 34 cents per share. The next payout will be on Jan. 31 to shareholders of record on Jan. 14.

Avocado processor Calavo Growers ( CVGW) said it will pay shareholders a nickel more per share this year. Its next dividend payment of 55 cents will be paid on Dec. 11 to shareholders of record on Dec. 1 for a yield of 2.4%.

Pennichuck ( PNNW), a small-cap company that specializes in water storage and distribution in the Northeast, increased its cash dividend by 2.7% to 18.5 cents per share. The payout will be available Dec. 1 to shareholders of record Nov. 15, bringing its new yield to 3.1%.

-- Written by Miriam Marcus Reimer in New York.

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