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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...

10 IPOs This Week Led by Columbia Pipeline Partners LP Stock (NYSE: CPPL)

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There are 10 new IPOs this week expected to raise a combined $1.4 billion.

Leading the pack this week are two dividend stocks: Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: CPPL) and Easterly Government Properties Inc. (NYSE: DEA). Those two offerings alone are expected to bring in 70% of this week's total.

Here's a look at the 10 upcoming IPOs this week...

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.

Three of the Best High-Yield Investments for 2015

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As bond yields continue to decrease, high-yield investments become more attractive every day.

There are several reasons for declining bond yields today. Both the ruble crisis in Russia and falling global oil prices have been major contributors.

That's why high-yield investments offer a better profit opportunity now.

Not only do these three picks operate in growing industries, they reward investors every quarter...

Dividend-Paying Stocks List: T, BA, PFE, plus 22 More

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Dividend hikes continue to roll in as 2014 comes to a close - just take a look at our new dividend-paying stocks list.

Over the last two weeks, 58 companies sweetened payouts, including AT&T (NYSE: T), Boeing (NYSE: BA), and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE).

Following are 25 of the most notable, recent dividend stock hikes.

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.

Dividend-Paying Stocks List: 25 New Increases and Special Payouts

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Our new dividend-paying stocks list for this week includes 25 companies that have just hiked their payouts or delivered a special dividend for investors.

Investing in dividend stocks remains a popular choice as we near 2015. We've now hit six years of near-zero interest rates and an aging bull market.

Following are the notable dividend enrichments from the week ending Nov. 28, 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.

Dividend Investing Can Be a Lifesaver in Times Like These

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Dividend investing should be part of every investor's strategy, but it can be more powerful than many think.

In cases where an investor needs extra cash flow for some reason, the passive income of high-yield dividend investing can be just the ticket.

Dividend investing usually won't completely cover an anticipated expense, but it can make a major contribution. It all depends on how much you have to invest, how much you need, and how much risk you're willing to take.

Here's what you need to know to get started...

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