Dividend checks continue to get fatter in Corporate America, as more companies jack up their distribution rates. Let's take a closer look at some of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
Let's start with ITC Holdings (NYS: ITC) . The country's largest independent electricity transmission company is juicing up its quarterly dividend by 5%, to $0.3525 a share. It may not seem like much of a move, but this is the sixth year in a row that ITC has sweetened its yield.
If you want to make ITC look like a slacker, pit it against Cincinnati Financial (NAS: CINF) . The insurance giant's move to boost its payout last week -- shaving pennies to go from $0.40 a share every three months to $0.4025 -- raises its streak of annual increases to a whopping 50 years.
MGE Energy (NAS: MGEE) is another dividend aristocrat, coming through with 36 years of meatier disbursements with last week's move. The Madison Gas and Electric parent's new quarterly rate is $0.3826 a share, a modest 2% improvement.
Finally we have Nordson (NAS: NDSN) on the move. The marker of "precision dispensing" equipment may have disappointed the market with lower-than-expected quarterly results, but at least it's returning more money to shareowners. Nordson's quarterly distributions are climbing 19%, to $0.125 a share.
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