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January's Biggest Dividend Boosters

Shauna O'Brien Feb 04, 2015

In January, dozens of companies made changes to their dividend payouts. Below are the 10 largest dividend increases for March. For more information on dividend increases, cuts and initiations, check out our Dividend Payout Changes page.

1. Graham Corp

Graham Corp (GHM ) raised its annual payout by 100% from 4 cents to 8 cents in January. The metal fabrication company now offers a dividend yield of approximately 1.45% based on its annualized dividend payout of 32 cents. Dividend.com currently rates GHM as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 3.1 stars out of 5 stars.

2. Alaska Air Group

Alaska Air Group (ALK ) raised its annual payout by 60%, from 12.5 cents to 20 cents in January. The airline now offers a dividend yield of approximately 1.20% based on its annualized dividend payout of 80 cents. Dividend.com currently rates ALK as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 3.4 stars out of 5 stars.

3. Nordic American Tankers

Nordic American Tankers (NAT ) raised its annual payout by 57%, from 14 cents to 22 cents in January. The shipping company now offers a dividend yield of approximately 8.65% based on its annualized dividend payout of 88 cents. Dividend.com currently rates NAT as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 2.9 stars out of 5 stars.

4. Valero

Valero (VLO ) raised its annual payout by 45%, from 27.5 cents to 40 cents in January. The energy company now offers a dividend yield of approximately 2.95% based on its annualized dividend payout of $1.60. Dividend.com currently rates VLO as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 3.3 stars out of 5 stars.

5. Anthem

Anthem (ANTM ) raised its annual payout by 42%, from 43.75 cents to 62.5 cents in January. The health care company now offers a dividend yield of approximately 1.80% based on its annualized dividend payout of $2.50. Dividend.com currently rates ANTM as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 3.3 stars out of 5 stars.

6. Las Vegas Sands

Las Vegas Sands (LVS ) raised its annual payout by 30% from 50 cents to 65 cents in January. The casino company now offers a dividend yield of approximately 4.50% based on its annualized dividend payout of $2.60. Dividend.com currently rates LVS as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 3.4 stars out of 5 stars.

7. A.O. Smith

A.O. Smith (AOS ) raised its annual payout by 26%, from 15 cents to 19 cents in January. The water heating equipment manufacturer now offers a dividend yield of approximately 1.25% based on its annualized dividend payout of 76 cents. Dividend.com currently rates AOS as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 3.4 stars out of 5 stars.

8. National Instruments

National Instruments (NATI ) raised its annual payout by 26%, from 15 cents to 19 cents in January. The technology company now offers a dividend yield of approximately 2.50% based on its annualized dividend payout of 76 cents. Dividend.com currently rates NATI as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 3.3 stars out of 5 stars.

9. Schlumberger

Schlumberger (SLB ) raised its annual payout by 25%, from 40 cents to 50 cents in January. The oil and gas company now offers a dividend yield of approximately 2.30% based on its annualized dividend payout of $2.00. Dividend.com currently rates SLB as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 3.3 stars out of 5 stars.

10. Woodward

Woodward (WWD ) raised its annual payout by 25%, from 8 cents to 10 cents in January. The industrial electrical equipment company now offers a dividend yield of approximately 0.85% based on its annualized dividend payout of 40 cents. Dividend.com currently rates WWD as “Neutral” with a DARS™ rating of 3.4 stars out of 5 stars.

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