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It's still a great time to look for more value in dividend-paying stocks as interest rates remain low.
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.
From December 2010 through 2014, the S&P 500 rose 65%. Dividends per share climbed 74% in that same time period, according to Yale University economist Robert Shiller. Thus investors weren't just rewarded with rising stock values; they also benefited via dividend payments.
30 Dividend-Paying Stocks That Just Hiked Payouts
Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) raised its quarterly dividend 60% to $0.20 a share for a 1.17% yield. The hike came after record Q4 income of $125 million, or $0.94 per share.
Alexander's Inc. (NYSE: ALX) increased its quarterly payout a quarter to $3.50 a share for a 2.9% yield. Its annual dividend rate per share goes up a dollar to $14.00.
Alliant Energy Corp. (NYSE: LNT) increased its quarterly dividend $0.04 to $0.55 a share for a 3.13% yield. The energy service provider has been paying dividends for 277 consecutive quarters since 1946.
Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE: BHB) boosted its quarterly dividend 4.3% to $0.245 a share for a 3% yield.
City National Corp. (NYSE: CYN) raised its quarterly dividend $0.02 to $0.35 a share for a 1.57% yield.
Dorchester Minerals LP (Nasdaq: DMLP) raised its quarterly dividend 8.5% to $0.48 a share for a 7.47% yield.
Dynagas LNG Partners LP (NYSE: DLNG) hiked its quarterly payout 8.3% to $0.422 a share for a 10% yield.
EnLink Midstream Partners (NYSE: ENLK) upped its quarterly payout 1.4% to $0.375 a share for a 5.1% yield.
First American Financial Corp. (NYSE: FAF) fattened its quarterly dividend a penny to $0.25 a share for a 2.9% yield.
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