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Dividend stocks 2014 update: With the U.S. Federal Reserve keeping interest rates at rock-bottom levels since 2008, yield-hungry investors have been flocking to dividend-paying stocks.
"Dividends continue to be one of the few income-generating alternatives to investors," said Howard Silverblatt, senior analyst with S&P Dow Jones Indices.
And Silverblatt anticipates a record dividend payout in 2014: $339 billion from S&P 500 Index companies, which would surpass last year's $312 billion and be almost twice the $196 billion paid out in 2009.
In the first three weeks of February, some 205 companies boosted payouts. Following are 30 notable increases among the 70 total hikes for the week ending Feb. 21.
30 Dividend-Paying Stocks That Just Hiked Their Payouts
AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) raised its dividend $0.02 to $0.42 a share for a yield of 3.3%.
Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) increased its dividend a nickel to $0.25 a share for a 1.23% yield.
Allstate Corp. (NYSE: ALL) upped its dividend $0.03 to $0.28 a share for a yield of 2.08%. This marks the fourth year in a row the country's largest publicly held personal insurer enhanced its payout.
Analog Devices Inc. (Nasdaq: ADI) increased its dividend 8.8% to $0.37 for a near 3% yield. Since paying its first dividend in 2003, the chip maker has enriched disbursements annually, shelling out a total of $2.5 billion.
Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) boosted its dividend 6% to $0.06 a share for a yield just shy of 1%.
Carlyle Group LP (Nadaq: CG) raised its dividend a whopping 775% to $1.40 a share, up from $0.16, for a yield of 15.14%.
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Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) sweetened its payout 9% to $0.30 a share for a 3.28% yield. The world's No. 1 soft-drink maker has paid dividends since 1893. The latest increase is its 52nd consecutive improvement.