were among the companies that announced dividend increases this week.
BlackRock (ticker: BLK), the asset-management behemoth, declared a quarterly dividend of $4.13 a share, up nearly 14% from $3.63.
The stock, which was recently yielding 2%, has a one-year return of about 44%, including dividends.
The stock, which has a one-year return of about minus 7%, yields 2.4%.
Fastenal (FAST), whose products include fasteners and tools, declared a quarterly disbursement of 28 cents a share, compared with 25 cents now, for a 12% boost. The stock, which yields 2.3%, has returned about 40% over the last 12 months.
Several utilities announced dividend increases, including
The company, based in New York City, declared a quarterly dividend of 77.5 cents a share, up by a penny or a little more than 1%. The stock, which yields 4.5%, has a one-year return of minus 22%. It marks the 47th straight annual dividend increase. The company is a member of the
Dividend Aristocrats, which have paid out a higher dividend every year for at least 25 straight years.
Michigan-based CMS Energy (CMS), which sells electricity and natural gas to its customers, said it will pay a quarterly dividend of 43.5 cents a share, up nearly 7% from 40.75 cents. The stock yields 3%, and it has returned about minus 10% over the past year.
(OGS), which distributes natural gas to customers in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, said it plans to pay a quarterly payout of 58 cents a share, versus 54 cents now, for a 7% increase. The company is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The stock, which has a one-year return of around minus 24%, yields 3.3%.
(NRG) based in Princeton, N.J., is planning to up its quarterly dividend by 8% to 32.5 cents a share from 30 cents. The stock, which has a one-year return of about 10%, yields 3.2%.
Several companies said they will maintain their dividends at current levels. That includes
(TXN) at $1.02 a share,
(MCD) at $1.29,
Morgan Stanley (MS)
at 35 cents, and
Bank of America
((BA)C) at 18 cents.
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