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BAC Dividend Hike on Hold After Stress Test Shows "Weakness"

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Results of the U.S. Federal Reserve's so-called stress test were released Wednesday - and Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) passed only provisionally. As such, a long-awaited boost to the BAC dividend remains on hold.

In total, 28 U.S.-based banks passed the Fed's annual regulatory test.

Here's a look at BofA's stress test miss - plus 10 notable dividend hikes and share buybacks announced by banks that fared better this time...

The Energy Dividend Stock That Will Survive the Shakeout

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Oil has been a glutton for punishment, getting rocked by sellers and dropping some 55% from the highs of last July.

Up until just a few months ago, nearly every analyst and hedge fund manager in this space was offering up his or her commentary on how oil had bottomed and how it was time to buy.

Now it seems that fewer traders are willing to make that call, offering a glimmer of hope for contrarians like myself.

In fact, less than two weeks ago, I published a report on the upcoming oil bounce, as well as ways to profit from the expected move higher. One of the safer ways to play the seasonal oil bounce is to look at energy stocks that pay a dividend....

These 25 Stocks That Pay Dividends Just Hiked Payouts for Better Yield

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Stocks that pay dividends are a top choice for income in today's low-interest environment.

Compare dividend stocks to the income alternatives. U.S. Treasury yields sit near historic lows. Nearly 22% of total developed market countries' debt carries a negative yield.

Meanwhile, most stocks that pay dividends have increased yields. And they offer investors the chance at capital appreciation.

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9 New Special Dividends Announced Last Week

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Special dividends - separate one-time payouts in addition to a company's regular (if any) dividend - are on the rise. Special dividend payment amounts jumped 49% from January through September 2014.

Special dividends are typically larger than normal dividend payouts. Companies usually declare them after an especially strong quarter or year, or when their cash reserve grows significantly.

Here are the nine companies that announced special dividends during the week ending Feb. 6.

Dividend Investing News: GM, GILD, and 29 More Increases

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Dividend Investing News, Feb. 9, 2015: Stocks that sport attractive and growing dividends are still the best option for income seekers as interest rates remain low.

More than half of S&P 500 companies currently yield more than the 10-year Treasury note's 1.93%. Plus, dividend stocks offer an added bonus of potential capital appreciation.

A total of 76 dividend stocks raised payouts last week - here are 30 of the most notable increases...

These 33 Stocks That Pay Dividends Boosted Payouts Last Week

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Last week's Dow Jones performance is yet another reason to buy stocks that pay dividends. The index shed nearly 500 points.

Dividend payers tend to be less volatile than nonpayers and hold up better when the market slips. In 2008, dividend-paying stocks lost an average of 39% on a total-return basis. But nonpayers shed 45.4%. In 2002, nonpayers plunged 30.3%. Dividend stocks lost just 10.9%.

Here's a list of 33 notable payout hikes and special dividends from the week ending Jan. 30, 2015...

These 30 Dividend-Paying Stocks Just Hiked Payouts for Higher Yield

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It's still a great time to look for more value in dividend-paying stocks as interest rates remain low.

Indeed, more than half of S&P 500 stocks sport a dividend yield above the 10-year Treasury's 1.82%. Further, dividend stocks offer capital appreciation potential. Investors can't get that from Treasuries.

Last week, 56 companies hiked payouts -- here are 30 notable dividend boosts for the week ending Jan. 23, 2015.

Dividend Investing News: PPC plus 21 New Payout Hikes

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Dividend Investing News, Jan. 19, 2015: Pilgrim's Pride (NYSE: PPC) surprised investors last Thursday when it announced it's returning some $1.5 billion to shareholders via a special cash dividend.

Investors of record Jan. 30 will receive $5.77 a share payable on Feb. 17. PPC shares surged nearly 10% on the news.

Here are all 22 dividend stocks that boosted payouts or announced special dividends during the week ending Jan. 16.

Dividend-Paying Stocks Kick Off 2015 with 23 New Increases

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FY2014 saw a total of $54.8 billion in dividend increases, and 3,308 dividend-paying stocks hiked payouts last year. That's a 14.3% increase over the number of payouts in 2013.

2015 could set another record for dividend payments. But investors do need to be aware of the effect of plunging oil prices.

There are no signs of a yield slowdown just yet - dividend boosts were robust last week.

Following are the 23 dividend stocks that raised payouts during the week ending Jan. 9.

Six New Special Dividends Announced Last Week

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It's been a bigger-than-average year for special dividends. These one-time payouts have jumped a whopping 49% year to date through September (Q3), to 559 from 375.

Paid separately from a company's regular recurring (if any) dividend, special dividends are typically larger than normal dividend payouts.

Following are the six special dividends announced during the week ending Dec. 12, 2014.

Dividend-Paying Stocks: BMY, GE, and 23 New Payout Hikes

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Amid six years of near-zero interest rates, income-hungry investors have increasingly turned to dividend-paying stocks.

Companies have taken note by sweetening distributions. This year is on track to set a milestone for total dividend payouts.

Forty dividend stocks boosted payouts last week, including Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) and General Electric (NYSE: GE).

Following are 25 notable hikes from the week ending Dec. 12.

Stocks That Pay Dividends on Pace to Break Payout Record Before 2015

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Stocks that pay dividends continue to reward investors with new payout hikes and special dividends heading into 2014's final stretch. As a result, this year is on pace to be a record-breaking one for payouts.

Last week, 52 companies hiked payouts and eight announced special dividends.

Following are 24 notable dividend stocks that sweetened the deal for investors during the week ending Dec. 5, 2014.

These 25 Stocks That Pay Dividends Just Hiked Payouts for Higher Yields

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Stocks that pay dividends continue to dish out payout hikes and special enrichments to reward investors. In fact, dividend increases are forecast to be in the double digits this year.

That would make 2014 the third year in a row dividends have risen by 10% or more.

Last week, 33 companies sweetened the dividend pot, and nine announced special dividends. Following are 25 notable dividend enrichments for the week ending Nov. 22.

Dividend-Paying Stocks: 25 Notable Increases and Special Payouts

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In addition to payout hikes, another way dividend-paying stocks reward investors is with special dividends - and they're on the rise.

Twenty-seven companies announced special dividends over the last three weeks. Payouts ranged from a few cents to several dollars.

Last week seven companies announced special dividends, and 23 hiked payouts. Following are 24 notable dividend enrichments for the week ending Nov. 14, 2014.

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