My Favorite Stocks With Recent Dividend Growth

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Last week, an additional 41 stocks and funds announced dividend raises. The average dividend growth amounts to 34.59%. On the list are some big players from the financial sector like JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup or W.R. Berkley. Also the tech giant Hewlett-Packard raised its dividend by 10% despite operational problems. Twelve companies announced to pay a first-ever dividend and 10 stocks reduced payments last week.

The good thing is that dividend growth is definitely stronger than dividend cuts.

Here are my favorite dividend growth stocks:


JPMorgan Chase ( JPM ) has a market capitalization of $202.87 billion. The company employs 255,898 people, generates revenue of $56.063 billion and has a net income of $21.284 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $46.462 billion. The EBITDA margin is 82.87% (the operating margin is 29.80% and the net profit margin is 21.94%).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 29.88% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 345.46%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 10.72% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.60. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.20 in the form of dividends to shareholders. JPM hiked its dividend last week by 26.7%.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 9.58, the P/S ratio is 2.09 and the P/B ratio is 1.05. The dividend yield amounts to 2.83% and the beta ratio has a value of 1.36.

Lancaster Colony ( LANC ) has a market capitalization of $2.27 billion. The company employs 3,100 people, generates revenue of $1.131 billion and has a net income of $95.81 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $162.14 million. The EBITDA margin is 14.33% (the operating margin is 12.67% and the net profit margin is 8.47%).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 0.00% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 0.00%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 17.68% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.01. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.41 in the form of dividends to shareholders. LANC hiked its dividend last week by 5.3%.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 20.74, the P/S ratio is 2.01 and the P/B ratio is 4.02. The dividend yield amounts to 1.92% and the beta ratio has a value of 0.37.

Viacom ( VIA ) has a market capitalization of $33.49 billion. The company employs 9,880 people, generates revenue of $13.887 billion and has a net income of $2.385 billion. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4.135 billion. The EBITDA margin is 29.78% (the operating margin is 27.94% and the net profit margin is 17.17%).

Financial Analysis: The total debt represents 36.62% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 109.41%. Due to the financial situation, a return on equity of 29.14% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.12. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.05 in the form of dividends to shareholders. VIA hiked its dividend last week by 9.1%.

Market Valuation: Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 17.0, the P/S ratio is 2.41 and the P/B ratio is 4.69. The dividend yield amounts to 1.74% and the beta ratio has a value of 1.29.

Take a closer look at the full table of stocks with recent dividend hikes. The average dividend growth amounts to 34.59% and the average dividend yield amounts to 2.45%. Stocks from the sheet are valuated with a P/E ratio of 21.05. The average P/S ratio is 4.31 and P/B 5.63.

Stocks with dividend hikes from last week originally published at "long-term-investments.blogspot.com."

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Referenced Stocks: HGT , JPM , LANC , MARPS , VIA

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