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3 FTSE Dividends That Have Risen Today

Maynard Paton
June 14, 2012

LONDON -- You probably already know that many shares within the FTSE indexes can offer decent incomes when compared to a savings account. Indeed, the FTSE 100 (INDEX: ^FTSE  ) index offers, at a current level of 5,439, a trailing 3.9% dividend income -- somewhat higher than this time last year, when the index offered a 3.2% yield and traded at 5,773.

Despite all the economic worries that have pushed the FTSE 100 index lower during the last 12 months, some companies continue to lift their annual dividends to ordinary shareholders. Here are three names from various FTSE indexes that have announced higher payouts today.

Halma (LSE: HLMA.L  )
Mid-cap engineer Halma rewarded its loyal investors with a 7% dividend increase, following full-year results that showed underlying earnings advancing 19%. Indeed, Halma, which makes door sensors, smoke detectors, and water network monitors, boasts one of the market's most dependable payout records: This year's dividend advance was the 33rd consecutive raise of 5% or more!

Halma's shares had dropped 1% to 376 pence by this afternoon, making for a 1.4 billion pound market cap and yield of 2.6%, based on the new 9.74 pence-per-share payout.

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