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Stocks that pay dividends continue to reward investors with new payout hikes and special dividends in the final weeks before 2015. As a result, this year is on pace to be a record-breaking one for payouts.
Of particular note last week were a couple of enriched dividend payouts from Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE: BEN).
The global investment management company boosted its quarterly payout 25% to $0.15 per share for a 1.03% yield. The company also declared a special $0.50-per-share dividend payable Jan. 9 to stockholders of record Dec. 31. BEN has been growing its dividend without interruption for the last 32 years.
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.
Stocks That Pay Dividends: 24 New Increases
Allegiant Travel Co. (Nasdaq: ALGT) announced a special $2.50-per-share dividend payable Jan. 6 to shareholders of record Dec. 19. The company said the roughly $44 million payout demonstrates its "commitment to returning cash to shareholders."
American Financial Group Inc. (NYSE: AFG) declared a special $1-per-share dividend payable Dec. 24 to shareholders of record Dec. 15.
American Tower Corp. (NYSE: AMT) raised its quarterly dividend $0.03 to $0.38 a share for a 1.51% yield.
Bank of Montreal (NYSE: BMO) boosted its quarterly dividend 2.5% to $0.71 a share for a 4% yield.
C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: CHRW) hiked its quarterly dividend $0.03 to $0.38 a share for a 2% yield.
Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW) raised its quarterly dividend $0.02 to $0.12 a share for a 2.25% yield.
Culp Inc. (NYSE: CFI) hiked its quarterly dividend a penny to $0.06 a share for a 1.14% yield.
DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE: DFT) upped its quarterly payout $0.07 to $0.42 a share for a 5% yield.
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