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Dividend stocks aren't just good investments because they offer income. Stocks that pay dividends tend to be less volatile than non-payers.
In 2008, stocks that did not pay dividends lost 45.4% on a total-return basis. But dividend-paying stocks lost an average of 39%. In 2002, nonpayers plunged 30.3%. Dividend stocks lost just 10.9%.
That's welcome news following a week where the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed nearly 500 points.
To add more income to your portfolio - or to see if your dividend stocks are healthy - look at how often companies increase their dividends. To get started, here are 33 notable payout hikes from the week ending Jan. 30, 2015.
Stocks That Pay Dividends: 33 New Payout Increases
Access Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: ACMP) upped its quarterly payout 38% to $0.85 a share for a 6.57% yield.
Anthem Inc. (Nasdaq: ANTM) raised its quarterly dividend 43% to $0.62 a share for a 1.85% yield. Anthem has hiked its dividend every year since initiating them in 2011 at $0.25 a share.
A. O. Smith Corp. (NYSE: AOS) sweetened its quarterly payout $0.04 to $0.19 a share for a 1.28% yield. The increase marks the fourth straight year the water technology company has improved its dividend 20% or more.
Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) boosted its quarterly dividend 77% to $0.78 a share for a 7.23% yield. The hike came after the investment firm reported record FY2014 results across all key metrics.
Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BCRM) raised its quarterly dividend $0.02 to $0.14 a share for a 1.32% yield.
Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT) increased its quarterly payout $0.04 to $0.70 a share for a 3.63% yield.
Central Pacific Financial Corp. (NYSE: CPF) raised its quarterly dividend 20% to $0.12 a share for a 2.3% yield.
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