were among the large U.S. companies that announced dividend increases this week.
Dollar General (ticker: DG), a large discount retailer, said it plans to boost its quarterly disbursement to 59 cents a share, up 7% from 55 cents.
The stock, which yields 1.1%, has a one-year return of about 1%, including dividends, compared with minus 7.5% for the
Applied Materials (AMAT) said it plans to boost its quarterly dividend to 32 cents a share from 26 cents, an increase of 23%. The chip equipment maker’s stock, which has a one-year return of minus 5%, yields 1%.
(TEL) said it will raise its quarterly payout by three cents a share to 59 cents. The stock, which yields 1.9%, has a one-year return of minus 3%. The company’s products include sensors, antennas, and connectors.
Elsewhere, three real estate industrial trusts—
(UDR) said they plan to boost their dividends.
Realty Income declared a monthly dividend of 25.5 cents a share, up from 25.45 cents. The stock, which yields 5%, has a one-year return of minus 0.5%.
Equity Residential said it plans to raise its quarterly dividend to 66.25 cents a share from 62.5 cents a share for a 6% increase. The stock, which has a one-year return of minus 31%, yields 4.3%.
UDR declared a quarterly dividend of 42 cents a share, up from 38 cents a share, for a 10.5% hike. The stock, which yields 3.9%, has a one-year return of minus 27%.
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