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S&P 500 companies' cumulative dividend payout hit a record in Q3, at more than $10 per share, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. Q3 also marked the first quarter in which total payouts surpassed $90 billion.
And Q4 is likely to beat last quarter's milestone. Over the last two weeks alone, 128 companies increased payouts. Nineteen announced special dividends.
Sixty-four dividend stocks hiked payouts last week, including Starbucks Corp. (Nasdaq: SBUX), Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON), and Whole Foods Market Inc. (Nasdaq: WFM). Seven declared special dividends.
Following are 35 notable dividend improvements for the week ending Nov. 7.
Dividend Investing: 35 New Payout Hikes
Agrium Inc. (NYSE: AGU) upped its quarterly payout $0.03 to $0.78 a share for a 3.17% yield.
Alon USA Energy Inc. (NYSE: ALJ) announced a special $0.21 per share dividend payable Dec. 18 to shareholders of record Dec. 2.
AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE: ABC) raised its quarterly dividend 23.4% to $0.29 a share for a 1.34% yield.
Atmos Energy Corp. (NYSE: ATO) hiked its quarterly dividend $0.03 to $0.39 a share for a 2.9% yield.
Barrett Business Services Inc. (Nasdaq: BBSI) boosted its quarterly dividend $0.04 to $0.22 a share for a 3.5% yield.
Cedar Fair LP (NYSE: FUN) increased its quarterly dividend a nickel to $0.75 a share for a 6.3% yield. The hike came as FUN, one of the world's largest regional amusement-resort operators, reported its fifth consecutive year of record results.
Cohen & Steers Inc. (NYSE: CNS) declared a special $1 per share dividend payable Dec. 19 to shareholders of record Nov. 28.
Colony Financial Inc. (NYSE: CLNY) raised its quarterly payout 2.8% to $0.37 a share for a 6% yield.
DeVry Education Group Inc. (NYSE: DV) increased its semi-annual payout a penny to $0.18 a share for a 0.7% yield.
Emerson Electric Co. (NYSE: EMR) hiked its quarterly payout $0.04 to $0.47 a share for a near 3% yield.
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