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Stocks that pay dividends are a top choice for income in today's low-interest environment.
Compare dividend stocks to the income alternatives. U.S. Treasury yields sit near historic lows. Nearly 22% of total developed market countries' debt carries a negative yield.
Global bond yields have fallen amid slow economic growth, plunging oil prices, and easy money policies by central banks. As a result, U.S. bond yields are sinking as risk-averse investors pile into U.S. debt for safer and slightly better returns.
Meanwhile, most stocks that pay dividends have increased yields. And they offer investors the chance at capital appreciation.
Here are 25 notable dividend hikes from the week ending Feb. 13.
Stocks That Pay Dividends: 25 New Increases
AllianceBernstein Holding LP (NYSE: AB) raised its quarterly dividend $0.12 to $0.57 a share for a 9% yield.
Allstate Corp. (NYSE: ALL) hiked its quarterly payout $0.02 to $0.30 a share for a 1.68% yield. The insurance giant has been boosting its dividend for the last four years.
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) sweetened its quarterly payout 10% to $0.21 a share for a 2.85% yield. The dividend hike is its fifth in four years. The tech titan initiated dividend payouts in March 2011 and upped payouts twice in 2012.
Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: CCE) increased its quarterly dividend $0.03 to $0.28 a share for a 2.56% yield. The hike is the eighth consecutive boost from the bottling behemoth.
Dunn & Bradstreet Corp. (NYSE: DNB) hiked its quarterly payout 5% to $0.46 a share for a 1.4% yield.
Dominion Resources Inc. (NYSE: D) raised its quarterly payout 8% to $0.647 a share for a 3.55% yield. The energy company has been increasing its dividend for the last 12 years straight.
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