Dividend Champion And Contender Highlights: Week Of October 18

Introduction

The Dividend Champions list is a monthly compilation of companies which have consistently increased their annual dividend payouts, and the latest edition may be found here. However, since this list is only produced once per month, the data in it can quickly get out of date. Furthermore, with over 750 companies on the list, the sheer amount of data can quickly become overwhelming. In this weekly series, I highlight recent and upcoming dividend related activity for companies holding Champion (25+ years) and Contender (10-24 years) status.

In the data presented below, Yield is forward annualized and Years reflects the up-to-date streak, including dividends declared since the last edition of the Dividend Champions list.

Dividend Changes

In the past week, the following companies on the Champion or Contender lists declared dividends which changed from their previous payouts.

Increases:

Company

Symbol

Ex-Div

Pay

Old Rate

New Rate

Increase

Yield

Years

A.O. Smith Corp.

(AOS)

10/29

11/16

0.24

0.26

8.33%

1.88%

27

Avient Corp.

(AVNT)

12/17

1/8

0.2025

0.2125

4.94%

2.64%

11

Cummins Inc.

(CMI)

11/19

12/3

1.311

1.35

2.97%

2.42%

15

V.F. Corp.

(VFC)

12/9

12/21

0.48

0.49

2.08%

2.59%

48

Williams-Sonoma Inc.

(WSM)

10/22

11/27

0.48

0.53

10.42%

2.02%

15

Decreases:

None

Last Chance to Buy

These companies have ex-dividend dates approaching. The following tables indicate the last day you can buy these stocks in order to be eligible for the upcoming dividend. Tables are sorted alphabetically by symbol.

Monday, Oct. 19 (Ex Div 10/120)

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Price

Yield

Years

Lowe’s Companies

(LOW)

11/4

0.6

177.7

1.35%

58

Tuesday, Oct. 20 (Ex-Div 10/21)

None

Wednesday, Oct. 21 (Ex-Div 10/22)

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Price

Yield

Years

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

(CL)

11/16

0.44

80.31

2.19%

57

Procter & Gamble Co.

(PG)

11/16

0.7907

144.39

2.19%

64

Pentair plc

(PNR)

11/6

0.19

49.9

1.52%

44

Thor Industries Inc.

(THO)

11/6

0.41

95.23

1.72%

11

Williams-Sonoma Inc.

(WSM)

11/27

0.53

105

2.02%

15

Thursday, Oct. 22 (Ex-Div 10/23)

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Price

Yield

Years

Caterpillar Inc.

(CAT)

11/20

1.03

168.75

2.44%

26

Friday, Oct. 23 (Ex-Div 10/26)

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Price

Yield

Years

Celanese Corp.

(CE)

11/10

0.62

120.1

2.06%

10

Fastenal Company

(FAST)

11/24

0.25

45.26

2.21%

21

Money on the Way

The following companies have dividend pay dates in the upcoming week (Tuesday through the following Monday). Check if you want your DRIPs to reinvest at these yields…or take the cash and go have a steak dinner!

Company

Symbol

Pay Date

Payout

Yield

American Financial Group Inc.

(AFG)

10/26

0.5

2.8%

Andersons Inc.

(ANDE)

10/22

0.175

3.0%

Cisco Systems Inc.

(CSCO)

10/21

0.36

3.6%

Erie Indemnity Company

(ERIE)

10/20

0.965

1.7%

First of Long Island Corp.

(FLIC)

10/22

0.19

4.7%

Farmers and Merchants Bancorp

(FMAO)

10/20

0.17

3.4%

Gentex Corp.

(GNTX)

10/21

0.12

1.7%

Ingredion Inc.

(INGR)

10/26

0.64

3.2%

Limoneira Company

(LMNR)

10/23

0.075

2.0%

Oracle Corp.

(ORCL)

10/22

0.24

1.6%

Roper Technologies Inc.

(ROP)

10/20

0.5125

0.5%

Sysco Corp.

(SYY)

10/23

0.45

2.7%

Xcel Energy

(XEL)

10/20

0.43

2.4%

Conclusion

I hope you found this article useful. Please let me know if you have any ideas for improving the format or data included in this series.

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Disclosure: I am/we are long CSCO, SYY. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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