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3 Unknown Dividend Aristocrats Returning 10%+ Annually

If you are a retirement and/or income investor, there is an investing commandment that you probably have never heard of, and therefore don’t obey — thou shalt not live on dividends alone. It is a big mistake to just look at a high yield and buy the stock blind. That dividend growth alone may generate income that you need, but I guarantee that you are placing yourself in a higher risk category than you realize.

Just because a company pays a dividend, grows its dividend regularly or is even a Dividend Aristocrat, does not mean it is going to give you the returns you need for retirement.

That’s because inflation is not just 3%. It is actually closer to 10%. This is one of the dirty little secrets that your broker and the investing business don’t want you to know. It is the fundamental reason why I created The Liberty Portfolio — to inform investors that they are not properly invested. You need to generate real returns of 10% annually to retain your purchasing power.

So buying a “safe dividend” stock that pays 3% isn’t enough. That dividend growth also needs to be growing at a rate that brings your total annual return to 10%.

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Dividend Growth: Aflac

The first dividend aristocrat to buy that will deliver those 10% annualized returns is Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Yes, the commercials that feature the duck. However, AFL has a fantastic business focusing on high-margin insurance products in both the U.S. and Japan. That’s right. In fact, Japan comprises almost 70% of its revenue.

In Japan, AFL offers voluntary supplemental insurance products, including cancer plans, general medical indemnity plans, medical/sickness riders, care plans, living benefit life plans, ordinary life insurance plans, and annuities.

Here at home, AFL offers products designed to protect individuals from depletion of assets comprising accident, cancer, critical illness/care, hospital indemnity, fixed-benefit dental, and vision care plans; and loss-of-income products.

AFL pays a 2.12% dividend, but analysts see as much as 13% annualized growth over the next five years. That seems a bit high to me, but even 8% hits our target.

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Dividend Growth: VF Corp

VF Corp (NYSE:VFC) is not a company that sounds interesting or, for that matter, a company that most investors have even heard of. In this case, it is a dividend aristocrat with an amazing portfolio of brand names that I bet most people have actually heard of: The North Face, Vans, Timberland, JanSport and Eagle Creek.

These are the very best quality outdoor clothing and gear. As specialty retailers, they are not as susceptible to the clothing retail nightmare that has been plaguing other names.

Earnings are seasonable, but the TTM net income is about a billion dollars. It’s 7.1% annualized expected earnings growth plus 2.65% dividend yield, brings us closer to our target. Moreover, that dividend is growing at a rate of about 18% going back five years.

Free cash flow is excellent and consistent, ranging from $1 billion to $1.5 billion annually, with a payout ratio of about 47%.

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Dividend Growth: Cintas

If you pay attention to people you meet at everyday jobs, like janitors or firemen or other types of homogenous workers, you’ll find the products of Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS).

This dividend aristocrat makes uniforms of all shapes and varieties. While it may seem simple at first glance, remember that many uniforms have to be specially designed. Firefighter gear, for example, must be fire-resistant. Plumbers prefer water-resistant gear.

CTAS stock is up 260% in the past five years, which is why its yield is only 1.1%, despite the fact that its EPS is growing 14%, and its five-year annualized dividend growth rate is about 19%.

With a strong growth rate and a business that serves a global workforce that constantly needs to replenish its uniforms, as well as develop new uniforms for new workers, CTAS is poised to deliver 10% returns for some time.

Lawrence Meyers is the CEO of PDL Capital, a specialty lender focusing on consumer finance and is the Manager of The Liberty Portfolio at www.thelibertyportfolio.com. He does not own any stock mentioned. He has 22 years’ experience in the stock market, and has written more than 1,600 articles on investing. Lawrence Meyers can be reached at TheLibertyPortfolio@gmail

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Microsoft (MSFT) has been an outstanding performer in the past couple of years. The stock continues to make new high after new high as revenue and margin dollars continue to rise. But how long can MSFT keep the party going after a 60%+ rally in the past two years? In this article, Ill highlight MSFTs operating margins as a source of earnings growth and a reason why the rally may not be done just yet.

stock market close: Virtu Financial, Inc.(VIRT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Virtu Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: VIRT) had a large buyer at the desk last week. TJMT Holdings, an investment vehicle for the founder and Executive Chairman Vincent Viola, bought a 50,000 share blockat $15.88 apiece. The total price for the trade was $794,345. The company provides market making and liquidity services to the financial markets worldwide. Shares closed last Friday at $15.95, in a 52 week range of$12.35 to $23.97, and the consensus price target is $16.31.

stock market close: V.F. Corporation(VFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The North Face, in particular, seems like a cautionary tale. The outdoor gear and apparel maker had its IPO in 1996. By 1999 sales were falling and the company put up a $100 million loss. In 2000,VF Corporation(NYSE:VFC) acquired it for just $25.4 million, despite $238 million in sales and a once-popular brand. Today, under the guidance of VF Corp, The North Face now has more than $2 billion in annual sales.

  • [By Leo Sun]

    VF Corp. (NYSE:VFC) owns a massive portfolio of apparel companies, including The North Face, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee, and Vans. It’s raised its dividend annually for over four decades — making it an elite “dividend aristocrat” which has boosted its payout for at least 25 straight years. VF currently pays a forward yield of 3.1%, which is supported by a payout ratio of 55%. The stock trades at 21 times earnings.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

stock market close: EnSync, Inc.(ESNC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Energous Corporation and potential small cap networking or power peer Acacia Communications (NASDAQ: ACIA) having a run up late last year while small cap Ultralife Corp (NASDAQ: ULBI) is heading back up to previous highs and EnSync Inc (NYSEMKT: ESNC) has underperformed:

stock market close: AMTEK, Inc.(AME)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Flexing the barbell strategy to balance Safe Havens with more cyclical exposures. In our view, industrials investors should be positioning their portfolio with a barbell strategy, with half of the exposure in Safe Havens like General Electric, Xylem (XYL), Danaher, Honeywell International, Roper Technologies (ROP), and AMETEK (AME), and the other half selectively in the cyclical names that are better positioned today, such as Pentair, HD Supply Holdings (HDS),Actuant (ATU), Atkore International Group (ATKR), Ingersoll-Rand, and Eaton (ETN). We still believe risk-reward is mostly balanced and that the macro will remain choppy into 2017, supporting a positioning in the defensive names. But if investor sentiment improves on not-worse news and earnings results, the more cyclical names could fare better.

stock market close: QuickLogic Corporation(QUIK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) was down, falling around 10 percent to $2.10. QuickLogic reported a $15 million share offering.

    Commodities

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    These are the 10 best penny stocks that have seen the biggest returns over the last week (March 7 – March 14)…

    Penny StockCurrent PriceWeekly Gain (March 7 – March 14)Ocera Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: OCRX)$1.47+147.1%Internap Corp. (Nasdaq: INAP)$3.28+41.4%Soligenix Inc. (Nasdaq: SNGX)$2.94+40%Navios Maritime Partners LP (NYSE: NMM)$2.63+37%QuickLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QUIK)$2.14+30.5%Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (Nasdaq: ADMP)$4.60+22.7EXCO Resources Inc. (NYSE: XCO)$0.65+20.5%Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: CYCC)$4.38+20.3%Hebron Technology Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq: HEBT)$3.99+19.1%Curis Inc. (Nasdaq: CRIS)$2.85+18.4%

    As a reminder, this is only a tracking metric of penny stocks trading on SEC-regulated exchanges like the Nasdaq and NYSE. Although these top penny stocks are safer than those trading on the pink sheets, we don’t recommend buying any of them without the proper amount of financial research.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: CytomX Therapeutics Climbs Following Bristol-Myers Squibb Partnership; Medgenics Shares Slide 15 Biggest Mid-Day Losers For Monday Cerulean Pharma's (CERU) CEO Chris Guiffre on Cerulean and Dar茅 Proposed Transaction (Transcript) (Seeking Alpha)
    Related Mid-Afternoon Market Update: Cancer Genetics Gains After Q4 Results; Heat Biologics Shares Slide Mid-Day Market Update: Dow Rises Over 50 Points; Tandem Diabetes Care Shares Plunge Tandem Diabetes prices stock offering at $1.25; shares off 19% premarket (Seeking Alpha)
    Cerulean Pharma Inc (NASDAQ: CERU) shares dipped 27 percent to $0.817. Cerulean Pharma shares have dropped 60.28 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 15.31 percent in the same period.
    Tandem Diabetes Care Inc (NASDAQ: TNDM) shares tumbled 24.2 percent to $1.17. Tandem Diabetes Care priced 18 million share offering at $1.25 per share.
    Alphatec Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: ATEC) shares fell 21.1 percent to $2.10 as the company reported a $18.9 million private placement.
    Heat Biologics Inc (NASDAQ: HTBX) shares dropped 15.5 percent to $0.870. Heat Biologics priced its 5 million share offering at $0.80 per share.
    Rave Restaurant Group Inc (NASDAQ: RAVE) shares fell 15 percent to $1.76.
    QuickLogic Corporation (NASDAQ: QUIK) shares declined 12.2 percent to $1.58. QuickLogic priced its 10 million share offering at $1.50 per share.
    Orion Engineered Carbons SA (NYSE: OEC) shares dropped 9.5 percent to $19.10. Orion Engineered Carbons reported a 5 million common stock secondary offering.
    Interpace Diagnostics Group Inc (NASDAQ: IDXG) shares fell 8.7 percent to $2.61 after the company reported debt restructuring and agreed to eliminate its royalty and mileston

Hot Gold Stocks For 2018

Peter Krauth

As the broader market indexes have done little better than move sideways, the gold price has naturally reacted with a little weakness.

Since last Friday (June 2), the Dow Jones and S&P 500 are up just 0.5% and 0.2%, respectively. Meanwhile, with the price of gold today (June 9) down 0.6% to $1,272, the precious metal is on track for a slight 0.5% weekly loss.

Still, it’s a negligible loss considering the milestone gold hit this week. Prices closed above $1,297 on Tuesday – the highest level this year – and just inches away from the all-important $1,300 mark.

And yet, almost no one is noticing. That’s normal behavior since stealth gains tend to be the most sustainable. After all, bulls hate to be followed.

Early next week, we could see some more sideways movement leading up to the outcome of the FOMC meeting on June 14. And that may well be the trigger to send gold past the $1,300 mark.

Hot Gold Stocks For 2018: Caladrius Biosciences, Inc.(CLBS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related Chardan Analyst Suggests An AveXis-Ionis Pair Trade Why The Biogen-Ionis News Is A Boon For AveXis AveXis' (AVXS) CEO Sean Nolan on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related CLBS Earnings Scheduled For March 17, 2017 15 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Thursday Caladrius Biosciences beats by $0.07, beats on revenue (Seeking Alpha) Gainers
    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares rose 20.2 percent to $6.13 in pre-market trading after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss.
    Arbutus Biopharma Corp (NASDAQ: ABUS) rose 12.3 percent to $3.20 in pre-market trading after the company disclosed that it has licensed LNP delivery technology to Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN) for use in single messenger RNA product candidate.
    AveXis Inc (NASDAQ: AVXS) rose 12.2 percent to $81.66 in pre-market trading after the company reported topline data from Phase 1 trial of AVXS-101.
    TOP SHIPS Inc (NASDAQ: TOPS) shares rose 10.5 percent to $2.43 in pre-market trading after surging 109.52 percent on Thursday.
    ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. (NASDAQ: IMOS) rose 9.8 percent to $17.45 in pre-market trading after declining 0.44 percent on Thursday.
    Sino-Global Shipping America, Ltd. (NASDAQ: SINO) rose 8.3 percent to $3.38 in pre-market trading after climbing 23.81 percent on Thursday.
    Diana Containerships Inc (NASDAQ: DCIX) rose 7.6 percent to $2.99 in pre-market trading after surging 12.55 percent on Thursday.
    Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ: STLD) rose 5.2 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading. Steel Dynamics expects Q1 earnings of $0.77 to $0.81 per diluted share. The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1550 per common share.
    Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE)
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Caladrius Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CLBS) shares shot up 14 percent to $5.83 after the company posted upbeat Q4 results.

    Shares of Norsat International Inc (USA) (NYSE: NSAT) got a boost, shooting up 22 percent to $9.85 after the company reported the receipt of new indication of interest by Privet Fund Management LLP at $10.25 per share.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Caladrius Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: CLBS) watchedits shares soar on Thursday after the company announced a private placement offering. In terms of the specifics, the company entered into securities purchase agreements with several accredited investors for the sale of 4,449,153 shares of its common stock in private placements of $21 million.

Hot Gold Stocks For 2018: FMC Technologies, Inc.(FTI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    Following a series of M&A announcements in the oilfield-services sector since the onset of the oil market downturn, French oil-field service company Technip and U.S. oilfield equipment company FMC Technologies (NYSE:FTI) hooked up in an all-stock deal valuing the combined company at $13 billion. Shareholders of each company will own 50% of the combined entity, to be named TechnipFMC, which implies a roughly $6.5 billion acquisition valuation for each entity. The transaction, which should close early next year, will “combine Technip’s innovative systems and solutions, state-of-the-art assets, engineering strengths, and project management capabilities with FMC Technologies’ leading technology, manufacturing, and service capabilities.” Further, it should save $400 million in annual costs by 2019. Moreover, it will enable the combined company to compete better against larger oil-field service rivals Baker Hughes (NYSE:BHI), Halliburton (NYSE:HAL), and Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB), which have all gained strength during the downturn either through M&A activities or cost savings initiatives.

Hot Gold Stocks For 2018: Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited(HMY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares tumbled by 1.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 6 percent, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY), down 6 percent.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) rose 2.2 percent on Friday, even though gold prices dropped. However, the stock lost 3.7 percent in after-hours trading, in what also seemed like a correction of the surge seen during the day.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list shows the top-performing gold stocks this month, which we’ll be watching in September 2017. While these stocks posted gains in August, we still aren’t recommending them. Instead, we’re going to show you Money Morning Resource Specialist Peter Krauth’s pick for the best gold stock to buy this year…

    Top Gold Stock Share Price August 2017 Gain
    Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $6.35 +22.9%
    Iamgold Corp. (NYSE: IAG) $6.49 +20%
    Alamos Gold Inc. (NYSE: AGI) $8.17 +15.1%
    Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $81.20 +11.6%
    Hudbay Minerals Inc. (NYSE: HBM) $8.70 +11.5%
    Gold Fields Ltd. (NYSE ADR: GFI) $4.42 +10.9%
    Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $101.90 +9.6%
    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.97 +8.8%
    Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. (NYSE: AEM) $50.60 +8.4%
    Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE: AUY) $2.81 +7.9%

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, basic materials shares surged by 0.6 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) and Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE: SLW), down 5 percent, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY), down 5 percent.

Hot Gold Stocks For 2018: V.F. Corporation(VFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Aimmune Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: AIMT) shares jumped 35 percent to $34.64 in response to failed DBVT peanut allergy trial.
    Exactech, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXAC) shares surged 30.9 percent to $41.88 after the company agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital for $42 per share in cash.
    Dextera Surgical Inc (NASDAQ: DXTR) shares climbed 27.6 percent to $0.238 after surging 40.48 percent on Friday.
    Petmed Express Inc (NASDAQ: PETS) jumped 21.8 percent to $44.73 as the company reported better-than-expected Q2 results.
    SenesTech Inc (NASDAQ: SNES) shares surged 21.7 percent to $1.95 after the company disclosed that Univar will be marketing and selling ContraPest.
    Yulong Eco-Materials Ltd (NASDAQ: YECO) shares gained 18.3 percent to $0.560.
    One Horizon Group Inc (NASDAQ: OHGI) shares rose 18 percent to $1.18.
    Atossa Genetics Inc (NASDAQ: ATOS) shares climbed 18 percent to $0.566. Atossa Genetics is schedule to host a conference call to announce preliminary results from Phase 1 study of oral Endoxifen on October 25, 2017.
    ReneSola Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE: SOL) shares rose 15.3 percent to $2.72
    Renren Inc (NYSE: RENN) shares gained 11.9 percent to $10.71 after gaining 2.68 percent on Friday.
    Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: KALV) shares rose 11.8 percent to $12.59. KalVista Pharma 13D filing from Longwood Fund showed registration for an 8.7 percent stake.
    Xunlei Ltd (NASDAQ: XNET) shares gained 9.4 percent to $7.20 after surging 25.33 percent on Friday.
    VF Corp (NYSE: VFC) shares surged 7.1 percent to $71.09 after the company reported upbeat earnings for its third quarter and raised its FY2017 guidance.
    CAI International Inc (NYSE: CAI) rose 6.6 percent to $39.70. Cowen & Co. upgraded CAI from Market Perform to Outperform.
    Agenus Inc (NASDAQ: AGEN) shares gained 5.7 percent to $4.58 as the company disclosed that GSK's shingle vaccine received FDA approval.
    Deltic Timber Corp (NYSE: DEL) shares climbed 5.6 percent to $94.11
  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    The North Face, in particular, seems like a cautionary tale. The outdoor gear and apparel maker had its IPO in 1996. By 1999 sales were falling and the company put up a $100 million loss. In 2000,VF Corporation(NYSE:VFC) acquired it for just $25.4 million, despite $238 million in sales and a once-popular brand. Today, under the guidance of VF Corp, The North Face now has more than $2 billion in annual sales.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kate Spade & Co is considering a sale of the company, following pressure from activist investors given the volatile performance ever since Kate Spade became a mono brand company over 2 years ago. The article cites thatKate Spade has hired an investment bank and has reached out to possible buyers (including other retailers) althoughKate Spade has not responded. This comes at a time when brand houses like VF Corp. (VFC), PVH Corp. (PVH), Hanesbrands (HBI), Michael Kors Holdings (KORS), and Coach have said they are looking to make a branded acquisition, andKate Spade could be one of the strongest candidates. While other brands are seeing negative comps, pulling back on wholesale exposure or restructuring,Kate Spade continues to grow.

VF Corp (VFC) Leads 6 Dividend Stocks Boosting Payouts

The S&P 500 Index was roughly flat last week as investors digested a slew of earnings reports and new economic data, including a favorable reading on third-quarter U.S. GDP growth on Friday. In addition to higher earnings, many companies also announced growing dividends.

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Here are six dividend stocks increasing payouts.

VF Corp (NYSE:VFC) announced a 10% increase to its quarterly dividend, raising it from 42 cents per share to 46 cents. Dividends will be paid from the apparel and footwear company on Dec. 18 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 8. VFC shares become ex-dividend on Dec. 7.
VFC Dividend Yield: 2.6%

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) increased its quarterly dividend by 5% to 45 cents per share from 43 cents. Shareholders of record as of Nov. 15 will receive dividends from the life and health insurance provider on Dec. 1. The company’s shares trade ex-dividend on Nov. 14.
AFL Dividend Yield: 2.1%

Energy Transfer Partners LP (NYSE:ETP) grew its quarterly dividend from 55 cents per share to 56.5 cents, representing a raise of 3%. The energy transportation, storage and logistics company will pay out its higher dividends to shareholders of record as of Nov. 7 on Nov. 14. ETP shares trade ex-dividend on Nov. 6.
ETP Dividend Yield: 12.9%

EQT Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:EQM) increased its quarterly dividend by 5%, raising its payment to 98 cents per share from 93.5 cents. Shareholders of record as of Nov. 3 will receive dividends from the midstream energy company on Nov. 14. The company’s shares trade ex-dividend on Nov. 2.
EQM Dividend Yield: 5.4%

Iron Mountain Incorporated (Delaware) REIT (NYSE:IRM) raised its quarterly dividend by 7%, increasing it from 55 cents per share to 58.75 cents. The storage and information management real estate investment trust will send its higher dividend to shareholders of record as of Dec. 15 on Jan. 2. IRM shares will trade ex-dividend on Dec. 14.
IRM Dividend Yield: 5.9%

American Electric Power Company Inc (NYSE:AEP) increased its quarterly dividend by 5%, raising its payment to 62 cents per share from 59 cents. Shareholders of record as of Nov. 10 will receive their higher dividends on Dec. 8 from the regulated electric utility. AEP shares will be ex-dividend on Nov. 9.
AEP Dividend Yield: 3.3%

As of this writing, Brian Bollinger was long American Electric Power.

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