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 Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE: CCE ) . The Western European marketer of the world's most popular soft drink brand declared a quarterly dividend of $0.12 a share, 33% ahead of what the company paid out in its previous incarnation. Pop goes the world, apparently.
Visa (NYSE: V ) claims to be "everywhere that you want to be;" now there's more of the credit card marketer to go around for shareholders. Visa's jacking up its quarterly disbursements by 20% to $0.15 a share. It's the second year in a row in which the financial services giant has delivered a healthy increase to its yield.
Apparel maker VF (NYSE: VFC ) is also dressing up its distributions, although the amount itself may not seem like much. VF's quarterly rate is inching 5% higher to $0.63 a share. However, the company behind Wrangler jeans and North Face jackets has come through with 38 consecutive years of declaring higher dividends.
Finally, we have Eaton Vance (NYSE: EV ) earning its keep as an investment. The mutual fund manager's new quarterly payout is $0.18 a share, 13% ahead of its previous rate. Eaton Vance has now delivered 30 straight years of hikes.
It's encouraging to see companies improving their yields at a time when fixed-income investments are on the floor. These companies join energy-related partnerships Kinder Morgan Energy (NYSE: KMP ) , ONEOK Partners (NYSE: OKS ) , and Magellan Midstream (NYSE: MMP ) in sending more of their money back to shareowners in recent days.
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