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Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) started distributing dividends in 1973, and since then, the company has provided shareholders with 45 consecutive years of annual dividend boosts.

In addition to the aforementioned track record of dividend increases, Nucor’s stock has recovered quite well from some traumatizing losses in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, though it still has some more ground to make up before retaking the pre-2008 highs.

While Nucor’s share price and dividend growth rates are not very high, the combined benefit of both measures is steady long-term growth that has provided shareholders with consistent double-digit-percentage total returns. Investors looking to partake of the company’s strong total returns may want research NUE and take a position prior to the next ex-dividend date  on June 28, 2018. Doing so will ensure eligibility for the upcoming distribution on August 10, 2018.

Dividend Boosts

Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE)

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina and founded in 1940, the Nucor Corporation manufactures and sells steel and steel products through three business segments. The Steel Mills segment produces hot-rolled, cold-rolled and galvanized sheet steel products, as well as hollow structural section steel tubing, steel electrical conduit, plate steel and structural steel products. Additionally, this segment produces bar steel products, such as blooms, billets, concrete reinforcing and merchant bars, wire rods and special bar products. The Steel Products segment produces steel joists and joist girders, steel decks, fabricated concrete reinforcing, cold finished steel products, steel fasteners and metal. This segment also manufactures building systems and steel gratings, as well as wire and wire mesh products. The Raw Materials segment produces direct reduced iron, as well as processing and brokering ferrous and non-ferrous metals, pig iron, hot briquetted iron and ferro-alloys.

At this time last year, NUE distributed a $0.3775 per share dividend, which makes the current $0.38 per share payout 0.7% higher. This current quarterly dividend amount corresponds to a $1.52 annualized distribution and a 2.3% forward dividend yield  at current share price levels. With asset appreciation of almost 50% over the past five years, the company’s current dividend yield has been suppressed more than 18% below the 2.8% five-year average yield. However, Nucor’s current 2.3% yield is slightly above the 2.19% average yield of the entire Basic Materials sector, and it outperforms the 1.06% simple average yield of all the companies in the Steel & Iron industry segment by nearly 115%. Even if only the segment’s dividend-paying companies were included, Nucor’s 2.3% yield is still almost 20% higher.

Between 2005 and 2008, Nucor paid special dividends in addition to its regular annual increases. Over those four years, the total special dividend distribution amount equaled 103% of the combined regular dividend payouts. For the past 20 years, the total annual dividend amount advanced more than 12-fold at an average growth rate of 13.5% per year. However, the growth rate has dropped to 1.9% over the past decade and down to 0.67% over the past five years.

After declining to a 52-week low of $53.48 on September 12, 2017, the share price ascended more than 30% towards its 52-week high of $70.18 on January 11, 2018. After the January peak, the share price experienced some volatility along with the overall markets, but nowhere near as much as some stocks. As of June 18, NUE shares had pulled back nearly 5% from their January high to close at $66.75. That closing price was almost 20% higher than it was 12 months earlier and almost 25% above the September low.

Investors who held Nucor over the last year were rewarded with a 26% total return on investment, counting share price appreciation and dividend income. Over the last three years, the total return was 51% and the five-year total return reached 67%.


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The National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG) has been paying dividends for more than a century and has rewarded shareholders with its 48th consecutive annual divdend hike.

Additionally, the company’s current 3.2% dividend yield is a double-digit percentage above the simple average yield of the overall Utilities sector. In addition to the long record of rising dividend payouts, the company’s share price rose for a decade before experiencing a drop of more than 40% in 2001 and 2002. However, while still experiencing higher volatility than it did before 2001, the share price has been recovering since July 2002 and its 50-week moving average (MA) has been rising steadily since April 2003.

The company’s share price suffered another significant pullback in early February 2018. Nevertheless, the share price resumed its recent uptrend immediately after that drop and has continued to ascend, which could be an opportunity for interested investors to take or extend their long position in this equity at the currently discounted share price.

The National Fuel Gas Company will distribute its next dividend on company’s July 13, 2018, pay date to all its shareholders of record prior to the June 28, 2018, ex-dividend date.

Dividend Hike

National Fuel Gas Company (NYSE:NFG)

Based in Williamsville, New York, and founded in 1902, the National Fuel Gas Company operates as a diversified energy company through five business segments. The Exploration and Production segment’s focus is exploration, development and production of natural gas and oil reserves in California and in the Appalachian region of the United States. As of December 30, 2017, the company had proved developed and undeveloped reserves of more than 30,000 thousand barrels of oil and more than 2 million cubic feet of natural gas. The Pipeline and Storage segment provides interstate natural gas transportation and storage services through an integrated gas pipeline system extending more than 2,300 miles from Southwestern Pennsylvania to the New York-Canadian border. This segment also operates approximately 30 underground natural gas storage fields and the Empire Pipeline – a 250-mile integrated pipeline system in New York state. Additionally. the Gathering segment builds, owns and operates natural gas processing and pipeline gathering facilities in the Appalachian region. Also, the company’s Utility segment sells natural gas or provides natural gas transportation services to more than 750,000 customers in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Jamestown, New York, as well as Erie and Sharon, Pennsylvania. Finally, the Energy Marketing segment markets natural gas to industrial, wholesale, commercial, public authority and residential customers primarily in New York and Pennsylvania.

The share price experienced a moderate level of volatility and started the trailing 12 months approximately 10% above its current price. The share price reached its 52-week high of $59.84 on July 27, 2017. After peaking in late July, the share price traded mostly in the $57 to $58 range over the subsequent four months. The share price experienced a slow declining trend in December 2017 and January 2018 before falling more than 12% between January 26, 2018, and February 5, 2018. Amid more volatility, the share price bottomed out at its 52-week low of $49.10 on March 8, 2018 before resuming its current uptrend. After its 52-week low in early March, the share price gained 7.3% and closed on June 15, 2018, at $52.67.

The National Fuel Gas Company offered its shareholders a 2.4% quarterly dividend hike for the upcoming round of dividend payouts. This dividend hike raised the company’s quarterly dividend from the $0.415 amount in the previous period to the current $0.425 payout. The new quarterly dividend amount is equivalent to a $1.70 annualized payout and a 3.2% yield, which is almost 20% higher than the company’s own 2.7% average yield over the past five years. Additionally, the company’s current yield is 16.5% above the 2.77% simple average yield of the entire Utilities sector.

The company started paying dividend just one year after its founding in 1902 and has rewarded its shareholders with another dividend hike for the upcoming dividend payout, which will be the  company’s 48th consecutive annual dividend hike. Over the past two decades, the company has nearly doubled its total annual dividend amount buy growing the annual payout at an average rate of 3.2% per year. With the current dividend payout ratio at 36%, the company can continue its record of dividend boosts for many years.


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While selecting an exchange-traded fund (ETF) upon their introduction in the mid-1990s was relatively easy because of limited availability, the expanded selection since then makes identifying the best dividend ETFs more difficult and time-consuming today.

Between 1999 and 2017, the total number of mutual funds rose 17% but the number of available ETFs increased more than 63-fold, or 6,223%. However, mutual funds still outnumbered ETFs five-to-one at the end of 2017. While the number of mutual funds peaked in 2015 and has declined over the subsequent two years, the number of ETFs continues to increase

Best Dividend ETFs

A key decision driver in any equity selection process should be an individual’s investment strategy. Because no one investment could be expected to fulfill all of the requirements of an investor, different equities are needed to achieve diversification.

Additionally, investors must adjust their strategy as their financial needs change. Younger investors can afford more risky investment strategies that are weighted heavily toward capital accumulation and possibly reduced tax liability. However, older investors typically divest from risky investments and shift their strategy toward capital depletion or income distribution.

As with every investment decision, individual investors should do their own research to evaluate every investment suggestion and act only after a particular equity is found to fit into his or her investment strategy.

Here are six of the best dividend ETFs to consider.

Best dividend ETFs #1.

WisdomTree U.S. Quality Dividend Growth Fund (NASDAQ:DGRW)       

            Dividend  Yield: 1.8%

            Dividend average annual growth rate: 7.57% last three years

This fund tracks the WisdomTree U.S. Quality Dividend Growth Index and has allocated $2.15 billion of its total assets across 10 sectors and 292 individual holdings. The Information Technology sector accounts for nearly 22% of total assets, while Industrials and Health Care sectors contribute approximately 18% each.

The most represented individual holding is Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) with a 5.22% share. Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT), 4.63%, and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), 4.26%, round out the top three holdings. The top 10 holdings account for 34% of the fund’s total assets and include long-term dividend growth companies, such as Intel (Nasdaq:INTC), PepsiCo (Nasdaq:PEP) and Boeing (NYSE:BA).

The fund’s annual dividend payout rose four out of the last five years. The one year that the fund missed its annual dividend boost, it was by just 0.4% The share-price increase of 12% over the past year combined with the divided distribution income for a 14.8% total return. Over the past three years, the total return was 37.8%. For the past five years, its total return reached 87.5%.

 

Best dividend ETFs #2.

First Trust Rising Dividend Achievers ETF (NASDAQ:RDVY)

Dividend  Yield: 1.3% 

Dividend average annual growth rate: 1.77% last three years

Instead of tracking the entire underlying Index, this fund selects its holdings from the equities in the NASDAQ U.S. Benchmark Index. The fund disregards all real estate investment trust’s (REITs) and all eligible equities must have a minimum average daily dollar trading volume of $5 million over the preceding three months.

Additionally, companies must show higher annual dividend payouts and earnings per share than in specific past periods. Also, the company’s cash-to-debt ratio must exceed 50%, the current annual payout ratio must be less than 65% and no sector can represent more than 30% of total assets. The eligible equities receive a composite score ranking based on the dividend increase record, current dividend yield and the payout ratio.

As of June 2018, the Financials sector is at the fund’s maximum allowed asset share of 30%, the Consumer Discretionary sector contributes 22% and Information Technology completes the top three sectors with nearly 20%.

While Assurant, Inc. is the fund’s top holding with a 2.12% share, the ETF’s assets are distributed relatively evenly. The top 10 holdings combined account for 20.5% of total assets and the bottom 10 holdings account for 19.4% of total assets.

The ETF advanced its share price 13.6% and paid a $0.50 annual dividend for a total return of 15.6% over the past year. The combined share price and dividend growth continued from the past three-year period when the fund achieved a 42.6% total return.

 

Best dividend ETFs #3.

Schwab U.S Dividend Equity ETF (NYSE:SCHD)

Dividend  Yield: 2.5%

Dividend average annual growth rate: 6.3% last three years

This fund tracks the performance the Dow Jones U.S. Dividend 100™ Index and invests at least 90% of its net assets in stocks of the underlying index. The fund’s investment in 118 individual equities equals nearly $7.6 billion in total assets.

Consumer Staples (25%), Information Technology (20%) and Industrials (19%) are the funds top three sectors. As individual holdings, PepsiCo (Nasdaq:PEP), 4.73%, Home Depot (NYSE:HD), 4.63%, and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), 4.59%, make up nearly 14% of the fund’s total assets. The top 10 holdings combine for a 44% of total assets.

The share price experienced minimal volatility and nearly doubled since the fund’s inception in 2011. The fund also increased its annual dividend every year since its inception at an average growth rate of nearly 9% per year. The share price rose 10% and combined with the rising dividend income to achieve a 13% total return over the past 12 months.

 

Best dividend ETFs #4.

Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSE:VYM)                                     

Dividend Yield: 2.9%

Dividend average annual growth rate: 7.6% last three years

Based on the FTSE High Dividend Yield Index, the fund seeks investments in companies that generally pay higher-than-average dividends. As of May 31, 2018, the Large Value fund had nearly $29 billion in assets distributed over 379 individual holdings.

With a combined share of more than 44%, Technology (17.5%), Financials (13.9%) and Health Care (12.7%) sectors account for nearly half of the fund’s assets. The top five individual holdings – Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT), 7.50%, JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), 3.74%, Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), 3.48%, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), 3.26%, and Intel (Nasdaq:INTC), 2.63% – account for more than 20% of total assets.

Since the ETF’s formation in 2006, the total annual dividend payout failed to rise only twice – in 2009 and 2010. After resuming its annual dividend boosts in 2010, the total annual payout advanced nearly 130% over the past eight consecutive years, which corresponds to an average growth rate of nearly 11% per year.

The fund’s share price suffered its only significant decline in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Since its all-time low in February 2009, the share price gained 265%. The combined total return over the past 12 months was 9.75%, with the three and five-year total returns coming in at 32% and 71%, respectively.

 

Best dividend ETFs #5.

First Trust Preferred Securities and Income ETF (NYSE:FPE)

Dividend Yield: 5.22%

Dividend average annual growth rate: 7.6% last three years

Under normal market conditions, this Large Blend fund tracks the performance of the NASDAQ US Dividend Achievers Select Index. As of May 2018, the ETF managed more than $34 billion of total assets spread across 182 individual holdings. The three top sectors – Industrials (32.8%), Consumer Services (19.1%) and Healthcare (12.1%) comprise 64% of the fund’s assets.

While the 10 largest holdings correspond to 30.4% of total assets, the top three individual holdings – Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT). 4.3%), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), 3.7%, and Walmart (NYSE:WMT), 3.7% – combine for 11.7% of total assets.

In addition to the long-term dividend growth and assed appreciation, the share price ascended 11% and the rising dividend income added more growth to combine for a total return of 13.1% over the trailing 12 months.

 

Best dividend ETFs #6.

iShares Core Dividend Growth ETF (NYSE:DGRO)                  

Dividend Yield: 2.11%

Dividend average annual growth rate: 21.7% last three years

The fund tracks the investment results of the Morningstar U.S. Dividend Growth Index. As of June 2018, the ETF’s investments comprised of 455 individual holdings with aggregate net assets of more than $3.1 billion. The three most represented sectors, Financials (18.6%), Healthcare (17.2%) and Information Technology (16.2%), account for more than half of the fund’s total assets.

Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) with a 2.96% share, Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) with a 2.9% share and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) with a 2.88% share are the fund’s three largest holdings and combine for 8.74% of total assets. The top 10 holdings account for 26% of the fund’s assets.

The ETF’s share price has been on a steady uptrend snice the beginning of 2016. Aside from a small price spike in January and a subsequent decline in February 2018, the share price remained on a steady growth trend and ascended nearly 11% over the past 12 months. The dividend income continued its series of annual dividend hikes and added a few percentage points for a 13.2% combined total return over the past one year and a 38.2% total return over the past three years.

These six dividend-paying ETFs offer income-producing investment opportunities well worth considering. For people whose investment goals include dividend investing and the diversification offered by these funds, the ETFs featured in this article may be worth buying.


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National HealthCare Corporation (AMEX: NHC) will hike its upcoming quarterly dividend payout amount 4.2% to mark the 14th consecutive annual dividend boost.

At present, NHC offers a 2.8% yield that outperforms the industry average yields by a wide margin. In terms of share price performance, the company suffered a 15-month decline starting in December 2016 that limited the gain over the past 12 months to a mere 1.0%. However, the stock is back in an uptrend that could bring the total return rates back into double-digit percentage levels.

Investors interested in obtaining the 4.2% higher dividend payment should strive to own shares of NHC before the June 28, 2018 ex-dividend date. The pay date occurs a month later on Aug. 31, which is a longer than the normal timeframe between these two dates

Quarterly Dividend

National HealthCare Corporation (AMEX:NHC)

Based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and founded in 1971, the National HealthCare Corporation operates, manages and provides services to skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living facilities, as well as home healthcare programs. The company’s facilities offer licensed therapy, nutrition, housekeeping and laundry services, with additional potential services including prescribed medical and rehabilitative services for patients. Furthermore, the company also owns, leases and manages independent living facilities and offers various ancillary services for its residents, including restaurants, activity rooms and social areas. National HealthCare also leases its properties and provides management, accounting, financial and insurance services to third-party operators. As of March 2018, the company and its affiliated third-party operators operated 76 skilled nursing centers with approximately 9,700 beds, 36 homecare programs, five residential living centers and 24 assisted living communities.

After spiking to its all-time high at the end of 2016, NHC’s share price reversed direction and embarked on a downtrend that lasted deep into the trailing 12-month period. Over the 15-month decline, shares fell over 25% before hitting a 52-week low of $57 on February 6, 2018. Since then, NHC has recovered almost all of its losses, closing around 7% below the December 2016 high at $72.37 on June 19, 2018.  This closing price is 1% above the 52-week high and also 1% above the price from one year earlier.

The upcoming quarterly dividend distribution of $0.50 per share will constitute a $0.02, or 4.1%, increase over the prior quarter’s $0.48 quarterly dividend payout. Four payments of $0.50 every year amounts to an annual distribution of $2.00 and a forward yield at current prices of 2.8%. When NHC shares were at their year low, the dividend yield rose to as high as 3.2%. However, even after the recent price increase, the 2.8% yield is still 7.7% higher than the company’s own 2.6% average yield over the past five years.

Comparing the current 2.8% yield against other metrics, it is 300% higher than the 0.66% average yield of the entire Healthcare sector, which generally has very low yields. Even compared to stronger yields, such as the average 1.29% yield of all the companies in the Long-Term Care Facilities industry segment, NHC’s yield is still almost 120% higher.

National HealthCare has enhanced its total annual payout every year since it paid its first quarterly dividend in 2004. Over the past 14 years, the total annual dividend amount ascended 300%, which corresponds to an average growth rate of 10.4% per year.

Because the share price declined for most of the trailing 12 months, the shareholders’ total return of 1% was barely over the breakeven point. However, the total return over the past three years was nearly 21% and the total return over the last five years cam in at nearly 70%.


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After failing to raise its dividend over the past two years, Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) boosted its quarterly dividend 15% and offers its shareholders a dividend yield of nearly 2%.

The company’s last two years of flat annual dividend payouts are the only two such instances over the past 15 years. In addition to the robust dividend growth, the company also provided investors with a strong asset appreciation over the long term.

Deere & Company also reported mostly positive financial results for the second quarter. The adjusted earnings of $3.14 per share were a 26% increase versus the same period last year but fell short of the $3.33 analysts’ estimates. The company’s selling, general and administrative costs rose 20% compared to the second quarter of prior year. However, the net sales increased 29%, gross profit advanced 32% year-over-year and the operating profit rose more than 16%.

Deere forecasts a significant contribution to its total sales and profit from its December 2017 acquisition of the world’s leading road-construction equipment maker — Wirtgen. The company estimates an 80% year-over-year revenue increase for its Construction and Forestry segment and expects 70% of that growth — $3.2 billion — to come from Wirtgen’s operations.

While any trade conflict could harm Deere & Company’s business, the company derives more than 60% of its revenue from the United States and Canada. Therefore, while potentially troublesome, a trade conflict with China or the European Union would not be devastating.

The company will distribute its next quarterly dividend on the August 1, 2018, pay date to all its shareholders of record prior to the June 28, 2018, ex-dividend date.

Quarterly Dividend

Deere & Company (NYSE:DE)

Headquartered in Moline, Illinois, and founded in 1837, Deere & Company manufactures and distributes agriculture, turf, construction and forestry equipment. The company’s Agriculture and Turf segment provides agriculture and turf equipment and related service parts. This product assortment includes tractors, tractor loaders, combines, cotton pickers, cotton strippers and sugarcane harvesters, as well as seeding and nutrient application equipment. The segment also offers hay and forage equipment, such as self-propelled forage harvesters, balers and mowers, as well as turf and utility equipment, which includes riding lawn equipment and walk-behind mowers, golf course equipment, utility vehicles and commercial mowing equipment. The company’s Construction and Forestry segment offers backhoe loaders, crawler dozers, loaders, excavators, motor graders, articulated dump trucks, feller bunchers and related attachments used in construction, earthmoving, material handling and timber harvesting. The Financial Services segment finances sales and leases of new and used equipment. Additionally, this segment provides wholesale financing, finances retail revolving charge accounts and offers extended equipment warranties.

The company’s share price started the trailing 12 months with an 8.4% decline towards its 52-week low of $115.44 on August 25, 2017. However, the share price changed direction quickly, recovered completely from those losses by the beginning of October 2017 and continued rising towards its 52-week high of $171.49 on January 26, 2018, for a total gain of 48.6% over the 52-week low. However, trade war fears and the overall market decline dragged the share price down after the January peak and the share price deteriorated 17% before closing on June 19, 2018, at $142.28. This closing price was almost 13% higher than it was just one year earlier, 23.3% above its 52-week low from August 2017 and 75% higher than it was five years earlier.

The company’s current quarterly dividend hike of 15% from $0.60 in the previous quarter to the current $0.69 payout is the first such hike in three years. Prior to paying a flat $2.40 annual dividend from 2015 to 2017, the company boosted its annual dividend amount for 15 consecutive years. Over that period, the total annual dividend amount advances more than six-fold, which is equivalent to an average growth rate of 13% per year.

The current quarterly dividend payout amount converts to a $2.67 annualized dividend distribution and a 1.94% forward yield. This yield is 7.8% higher than Deere’s five-year average yield of 1.8%. Additionally, the company’s current yield outperformed the average yield of the Industrial Goods sector by more than 67% and the 1% average yield of the Farm & Construction Machinery industry segment by 94%. Furthermore, the 1.94% current yield is 53% higher than the 1.27% average yield of the segments only dividend-paying companies. In this segment, Deere’s current yield is second only to the 2.4% current yield of Caterpillar, Inc (NYSE:CAT).

With strong performances from its share price and the dividend, the company rewarded its shareholders with an 18% total return on investment over the past 12 months. The longer-term total return over the past three years was 67% and nearly 88% over the past five Construction and Forestry years.


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After skipping a dividend hike in 2017 for the first time in nearly a decade, the Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) boosted its quarterly dividend payout 25% for its upcoming Quarterly dividend distribution.

The company’s current 1.8% dividend yield is close to the company’s own average yield over the past five years, as well as in line with the average yield of the overall Consumer Goods sector and the Textile — Apparel Clothing industry segment. While the company’s share price fell almost two-thirds from its all-time high in 2015 by mid-2017, the price doubled over the past year and recovered 60% of those losses.

The company’s total sales declined 10% in fiscal 2017. However, improved profitability and earnings figures drove the share price growth. The Ralph Lauren Corporation continued to reduce its capacity and trim the number of stores in 2018 with the intent to reduce its costs and increase earnings by further advancing its profit margins. The company forecasted another 7% decline of total sales for 2018 and a 1% decline for 2019 before reverting to anticipated sales growth in 2020.

Wall Street analysts appear to agree with the company’s projections. Over the past 30 days the earnings estimates for the current quarter rose more than 13% from $1.25 to $1.42 per share. The estimates for the entire year also rose from $6.12 to $6.25 per share, which is an enhancement of nearly 5%.

Investors who agree with the analysts’ projections should consider acting before the company’s next ex-dividend date  on June 28, 2018. Taking a position in the company’s stock prior to the ex-dividend date will ensure eligibility for the next round of quarterly dividend distributions on the July 13, 2018, pay date.

Quarterly Dividend

Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL)

Headquartered in New York, New York, and founded in 1967, the Ralph Lauren Corporation designs, markets, manufactures and distributes apparel and lifestyle products through three business segments — Wholesale, Retail and Licensing. In addition to apparel, which includes a range of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, the company also offers accessories, home products and fragrances. The company sells its apparel, accessories and fragrances under numerous brand names. The Ralph Lauren Corporation sells its products through 450 of its own stores and more than 600 concession-based shop-within-shops. Additionally, the company sells its products through more than 130 concession shops and more than 130 Club Monaco stores as well as many licensing agreement channels.

The company paid a flat $0.20 dividend for the first seven years after initiating dividend payouts in 2003 and started boosting its annual dividend amount in 2010. By 2016, the company enhanced its annual dividend amount 10-fold to $2.00, which is the same amount that the company paid in 2017. For 2018, the company hiked its quarterly dividend 25% from the $0.50 distribution amount in the previous period to the current $0.625 quarterly dividend payout. This new quarterly dividend amount corresponds to a $2.50 annualized payment and a 1.8% forward yield. Even with the missed dividend boost in 2017, the company advanced its total annual dividend amount more than 12-fold since 2009, which corresponds to a 32.4% average annual growth rate.

The company’s yield has been greatly suppressed by the share price growth from 2.8% one year ago to the current 1.8% yield. Additionally, the yield was 2.4% a little more than a month ago, before the share price spiked in late May 2018. While the company’s current yield is in line with industry averages, the yield from just a month earlier would have exceeded by approximately 30% the 1.78% and 1.83% average yields of the overall Consumer Goods sector and the Textile — Apparel Clothing segment, respectively.

The company’s share price reached its 52-week low of $70.53 on July 6, 2017. After bottoming out in the third week of the trailing 12-month period, the share price more than doubled before reaching its 52-week high of $142.90 on June 12, 2018. After the June peak, the share price pulled back 2.4% and closed on June 19, 2018, at $139.41. While still 20% lower than it was five years ago, this closing price is more than 97% above the share price from one year ago and the 52-low from July 2017.

This share price growth and the small but steady dividend income growth managed to turn a 13.4% total loss over the past five years into an 8.8% total return for the most recent three-year period and a 99% total return over the past 12 months.


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Since initiating dividend payments in 2013, CyrusOne Inc. (NASDAQ: CONE), a real estate investment trust, has boosted its dividend distribution amount in the second quarter of every consecutive year and currently offers a 3.2% dividend yield.

CyrusOne’s current yield is higher than the company’s own five-year average and outperforms the average yields of its industry peers.

In late 2017, the company’s stock experienced its second decline of more than 15%, but a rising trend since March 2018 has erased most of the losses since the beginning of the year. As of June 14, 2018, more than half of the analysts covering CONE have a “Buy” recommendation on the stock, with another 30% of analysts giving it a “Strong Buy” recommendation. The analysts’ average target price of $64 means the stock has potentially another 10% upward space in which to run.

CyrusOne will distribute its next dividend on the July 13, 2018 pay date to all shareholders of record before the June 28, 2018 ex-dividend date.

Dividend Yield

CyrusOne, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONE)

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, CyrusOne, Inc. is a REIT that specializes in enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of information technology (IT) infrastructure for approximately 1,000 customers, including 200 of the Fortune 1000 companies. As of May 2018, the company operated 33 data centers in the United States, four facilities in China, one facility in Singapore and one facility in the United Kingdom.

Currently, the company’s focus is on adding additional facilities in London, with plans to establish multiple new facilities in Frankfurt, Dublin and Amsterdam. The company announced on June 5 the acquisition of nearly 70 acres of land near Phoenix for the development of five data center buildings, which will be the company’s second major data center in Arizona. CyrusOne has been trading publicly on the NASDAQ exchange since 2013.

Last year at this time, CONE paid out a $0.42 dividend distribution, so the new $0.46 per share quarterly payout is about 9.5% higher. Going forward, this amount translates to $1.84 on an annual basis, and at current prices, a forward dividend yield of 3.2%. This new dividend yield is 10% above the company’s 2.9% average dividend yield since 2013, when it started paying dividends. Over those five years, CyrusOne advanced its total annual payout nearly three-fold, which corresponds to an average growth rate of 23.5% per year.

CONE embarked on a big uptrend in November of 2016 that lasted about 10 months until September 2017. During this time, the share price climbed 65% to a high of $65.73. However, the stock lost nearly half of its recent gains by the end of February 2018, falling to 52-week low of $43.49. As a result, the 50-day moving average (MA) dropped below the 200-day MA.

While the price of CONE’s shares rallied over 30% from their low to close on June 19, 2018 at $57.26, the 50-day MA is still flying below its counterpart, though it obviously is now on a rising trend thanks to the share price jump.

CONE’s latest closing price puts the stock about 12% below the 52-week high from September 2017. Over a one-year period, the stock price is marginally lower than this time last year, but including dividend payments actually makes it positive for the year.

If dividend income over the last year is counted, CONE’s total return on shareholder investment over the last 52 weeks was 1.6%. However, taking a slightly longer look at the level of return can give us a better idea of what shareholders might expect if the stock’s uptrend continues: roughly 100% total return over three years and triple the initial investment over the past five years.


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CoreSite Realty Corporation’s (NYSE: COR) upcoming quarterly dividend payout will hike the quarterly distribution 5.1% and be the company’s seventh consecutive annual dividend increase.

Over the last five years, the share price growth has nicely complemented the increasing dividend payments, despite a small stumble over the past 12 months. However, the annual dividend boosts managed to outpace the share price growth and, as a result, increased the company’s dividend yield to the current 3.8% level, which outperforms the average yields of CoreSite’s industry peers.

CoreSite will distribute its next dividend on the July 16, 2018 pay date. All shareholders of record prior to the June 28, 2018 ex-dividend date  will be eligible.

Quarterly Dividend

CoreSite Realty Corporation(NYSE:COR)

Based in Denver, Colorado and founded in 2001 as CRG West — a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group — CoreSite Realty Corporation delivers secure data center and interconnection solutions to private and corporate customers across eight key North American markets. In 2009, CRG West rebranded itself as CoreSite and became publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange the next year. As of March 2018, the company operated 20 data centers with a combined space of more than 3.5 million square feet. CoreSite has located its data centers in eight major communications markets across the United States — Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Miami, the New York City metropolitan area and the Northern Virginia/District of Columbia area. These facilities currently serve more than 1,200 enterprises, network operators, cloud providers and supporting service providers.

CoreSite’s quarterly dividend distribution in mid-April was $0.98 per share, but the upcoming quarterly payout will be 5.1% higher at $1.03 per share. The annualized dividend amount is $4.12 and equates to a forward yield of 3.8%. Because CoreSite managed to continuously boost its quarterly dividend payouts and stay ahead of any share price growth, the current 3.8% dividend yield is therefore 23.2% higher than the company’s own 3.1% average yield over the past five years.

In addition to outperforming its own five-year average yield, the company’s current yield also outperformed the 3.08% average yield of the entire Financials sector and was just marginally below the 3.9% average yield of all the companies in the Real Estate Development industry segment.

Since initiating its quarterly dividend distributions in 2011, CoreSite has advanced its total annual payout amount nearly eight-fold by maintaining an average, and impressive, growth rate of 34.4% per year. While most dividend growth rates tend to deteriorate over time, CoreSite’s 34.9% three-year average growth rate is higher than the average growth rate over the past seven years.

On another note, the company’s share price experienced only two noticeable pullbacks since the initial public offering (IPO) in 2010. Unfortunately for CoreSite’s shareholders, one of those pullbacks occurred in December 2017 and January 2018.

COR’s share price entered the trailing 12-month period on a seven-month-long uptrend and continued to rise, reaching a 52-week high of $119.54 on September 11, 2017. However, the share price dropped nearly 23% before it reached its 52-week low of $91.31 on February 21, 2018. After bottoming out in February, COR shares reversed direction again and gained more than 18% to close on June 18, 2018 at $108.82, which was less than 10% below the September 2017 peak. The share price was 2.6% higher for the trailing 12 months but about 260% higher than it was five years earlier.

Because the current share price barely exceeded its level from 12 months ago, it contributed only a third of the total return over the past 12 months. However, if the share price continues its current uptrend, COR shareholders should shortly enjoy significantly higher total returns in the vein of the 150% total return over the past three years or the 280% total return over the past five years.


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First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:FR) boosted its annual dividend distribution more than three-fold over the past five years and currently offers its shareholders a 2.6% dividend yield.

The 2008 financial crisis affected the company’s share price negatively and the price dropped more than 93% between September 2008 and March 2009. However, the share price reversed trend and finally recovered fully from the effects of the crisis by September 2017 and continues to provide steady asset appreciation.

For the last year, the company rewarded its shareholders with a double-digit percentage total return. It also produced a triple-digit percentage total return during the last five years.

The company will distribute its next dividend on July 16 to all its shareholders of record before the June 28 ex-dividend date.

Dividend Distribution

First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:FR)

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and founded in 1993, First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment fund (REIT) that develops, owns and operates industrial real estate. As of March 31, the company owned, operated or had under development nearly 500 industrial facilities in 17 U.S. states. These facilities offer nearly 65 million square feet of industrial space and support First Industrial Realty’s more than 1,300 customers. Bulk and regional distribution facilities comprise 83% of the company’s total square footage. Additionally, the company offers light industrial facilities generally suited for product assembly operations, which accounts for 14% of total space. Lastly, the remaining 3% of space comprises of research and development facilities, as well as flexible space facilities for complex multi-function industrial applications or multi-tenant colocation. Currently, the company has 18 land properties totaling approximately 850 acres in various stages of development with a potential to add an additional 13 million square feet of leasable industrial space.

The trust’s current $0.2175 quarterly dividend amount is 3.6% higher than the $0.21 quarterly dividend paid in the same period last year. The new quarterly dividend distribution converts to an $0.87 annualized dividend and a 2.6% forward dividend yield. This yield is 14.6% above the REIT’s 2.3% average yield over the last five years.

First Industrial Realty Trust  paid its first dividend distribution in 1984 and failed to boost its annual payout only once over the subsequent 14 years. However, because of the 2008 financial crisis, the company discontinued its dividend payments in 2009. After reorganizing as a REIT, the trust resumed paying dividends in 2013 and has hiked its annual amount every year since then. Over the past five years, the trust enhanced its total annual dividend distribution amount more than 240%, which corresponds to an average growth rate of nearly 28% per year.

The share price rose initially almost 11% during the first five months of the trailing 12-month period and reached what was then a 52-week high by the end of November 2017. However, the overall market volatility contributed to the share price’s drop of nearly 15% during December 2017 and January 2018. The price reached its 52-week low of $27.75 on February 8, 2018.

After bottoming out at the beginning of February 2018, the share price resumed its uptrend and recovered all its losses since November 2017 by the end of May 2018. The share price closed at its new 52-week high of $33.67 on June 4, 2018. Over the following few days, the share price pulled back 2% and closed on June 15 at $33.01. This closing price was 11.6% higher than it was a year earlier, 19% above the 52-week low from the beginning of February 2018 and 124% higher than it was five years ago.

The dividend income and the capital growth combined over the past 12 months to reward shareholders with a 16% total return. Over the past three years, the share price and the dividend growth were equally steady and produced a total return on shareholders’ investment of 82%. The shareholders more than doubled their investment over the past five years with a total return of 126%.


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After cutting its dividend payout amount during the 2008 financial crisis, the Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE:KRC) offers its shareholders rising dividends once again, with a third annual dividend hike in as many years.

The company paid rising dividends in 10 out of the first 11 years after initiating dividend distributions in 1997. However, the rising dividend streak came to a halt during the financial crisis, when KRC cut its quarterly dividend nearly 40% in 2008. The company failed to reward its shareholders with rising dividends for five years after that dividend cut. However, the company has resumed paying rising dividends over the past three years.

The company’s current financial results and technical indicators point to a potential continuation of the company’s rising dividends to accompany the steady asset appreciation over the past four months. The Kilroy Realty Corporation set its next dividend pay date for July 18, 2018, when the company will distribute its next dividend installment to all its shareholders of record prior to the June 28, 2018 ex-dividend date.

Rising Dividends

Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE:KRC)

Headquartered in Los Angeles California, and founded in 1947, the Kilroy Realty Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and a member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index. The company offers primarily office space and work environment facilities that serve and cater to a broad roster of tenants, including technology, entertainment, digital media and health care companies. As of March 31, 2018, the company’s portfolio comprised approximately 14 million square feet of office space located in the coastal regions of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Seattle area. Additionally, the company owned and operated 200 residential units located in the Hollywood submarket of Los Angeles. The company currently has five projects in various stages of construction totaling more than 2 million square feet of office space, 237 residential units and 120,000 square feet of retail space. Catering to the clients that generally have a higher focus on sustainability than the general business community, nearly 60% of Kilroy Realty Corporation’s office buildings have a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and more than 70% of the facilities are ENERGY STAR certified. These initiatives landed KRC on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DSJI) and recognized the company as the North American leader in office sustainability for the last four years  by the Global ESG Benchmark for Real Assets (GRESB).

Over the past 12 months, the share price initially declined more than 17% and fell to its 52-week low of $63.72 by February 8, 2018. After the steady decline at the beginning of 2018, the share price recovered all its losses from the beginning of the trailing 12-month period by the end of May and continued rising to reach its new 52-week high of $77.34 by June 4, 2018. In the few trading sessions after reaching the new peak, the share price pulled back approximately 2% and closed on June 15, 2018, at $75.70. This closing price was at the same level as it was 12 months earlier and nearly 19% above the 52-week low from the beginning of February 2018, as well as 43% higher than it was five years earlier.

The company hiked its quarterly dividend amount 7.1% from the $0.425 payout in the previous period to the current $0.455 quarterly dividend distribution. This new quarterly amount  corresponds to a $1.82 annualized total payout and currently yields 2.4%. The 40%-plus asset appreciation over the past five years outpaced the 30% total dividend amount increase and resulted in a current dividend yield that is 7.5% below the 2.6% average yield over the past five years.

However, after its 2008 dividend cut and five years of flat annual dividend payouts, the company has rewarded its investors with rising dividends over the past three consecutive years. Over those three years, the company advanced its total annual dividend amount by 30%, which translates to an average annual growth rate of 9.1% per year.

The company’s share price is trading currently at slightly below its level from one year earlier, which limited the total return to merely 1.65% over the past year. However, the extension of the share price’s current rising trend and a continuation of the company’s rising dividends could offer shareholders total return levels similar to the 20% total return over the past three years and 60% total return over the past five years.


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