The 4 Dow Stocks With the Fastest-Growing Dividendshttp://www.fool.com/investing/dividends-income/2013/05/25/the-4-dow-stocks-with-the-fastest-growing-dividend.aspx Dan Caplinger
May 25, 2013
The Dow Jones Industrials (INDEX: ^DJI) have gained the respect of investors around the world not just because of their status as high-quality blue-chip companies that offer stability and security. They also represent a solid dividend-producing portfolio, with the Dow as a whole offering a dividend yield of 2.4% and with many of its components yielding far more than that.
But as smart dividend investors know, yield is only part of the story when it comes to picking the best dividend stocks. It's also important to find companies that will be able to grow their dividends well into the future, to ensure that the money you receive will rise to meet the increased demands of inflation and other financial needs. So with that in mind, I looked at the components of the Dow Jones Industrials that have succeeded in raising their dividends the most over the past five years. Here are the four top companies.
4. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), 2.6% dividend yield, 15.7% average annual dividend growth rate since 2008
3. IBM (NYSE: IBM), 1.8% yield, 16.3% growth rate
2. Disney (NYSE: DIS), 1.1% yield, 16.5% growth rate