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With the government shutdown upon us and the debt ceiling deadline approaching, investors should brace for some upcoming market rough patches.
But smart dividend investing will ease the pain. That's because dividend payments are a fairly predictable cash-flow generator for investors.
Additionally, dividend-paying stocks tend to hold up better in all kinds of markets than non-payers.
Research from Ned Davis Research shows that over the last 36 years, dividend stocks have beaten the rest of the broad-based S&P 500 Index by 2.5% annually. Furthermore, in addition to doling out cash to shareholders, dividend payers still outperform non-dividend-paying stocks.
Scores of companies have taken note of dividend stocks' attraction by initiating, increasing, or paying special dividends in 2013. Following is a list of some notable dividend-paying stocks that increased their payout in September.
Dividend Stocks That Increased Payout in September
- Accenture plc (NYSE: ACN) announced a 14.8%, or $0.12 per share, increase to its semiannual dividend. The management consulting firm will now pay a semiannual dividend of $0.93. Shares yield 2.53%.
- Agruim Inc. (NYSE: AGU) boosted its dividend by $1.00 per share to a total dividend of $3.00 on an annualized basis. Shares of the global retailer of agricultural products now sprout a 3.54% yield.
- Air Industries Group Inc. (NYSE: AIRI) doubled its dividend to $0.125 per share. The maker of airplane and helicopter parts now floats a lofty yield of 6.6%.
- Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. (NYSE: ARE) upped its dividend 4.6% to $0.68 per quarter for a yield of 4.21%.
- Banner Corp. (Nasdaq: BANR) boosted its quarterly dividend 25% to $0.15 per share. The parent company of Banner and Islander Bank serves the Pacific Northwest region.
- Brady Corp. (NYSE: BRC) lifted its quarterly dividend 2.6% to $0.78 per share. It was the 28th straight dividend increase from the identification solutions company. Shares yield 2.57%.
- Campbell Soup Co. (NSE: CPB) raised its quarterly dividend to $0.31 per share, up from $0.29. The company last raised its dividend in November 2010. Shares yield a hearty 3.06%.