Raytheon's (NYSE:RTN) first dividend for 2013 will be a little bit larger for shareholders. The defense company will hand out $0.55 per share of its common stock on May 2 to shareholders of record as of April 3. That amount is a 10% increase over the previous payout of $0.50, which was dispensed in all four quarters of 2012.

Raytheon pointed out in the press release announcing the move that this represents the company's ninth consecutive increase in its annual dividend. Over that time, its regular quarterly payout has risen steadily from a floor of $0.20 per share.

The new dividend annualizes to $2.20 per share. That yields 3.9% at Raytheon's current stock price of $57.00.

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