11 Dividend Stocks Raising Payouts And Yields

While everyone else is panicked about their portfolio’s decline, I see a downturn as an incredible buying opportunity. Lower prices, rising yields and growing dividends -- it's hard to beat that combination.

Below are several select companies that recently announced dividend increases.

In a down-market when many people are rushing to buy gold, I take comfort that I already have mine. No, not the shiny kind, but something much better -- a growing stream of dividend income from solid companies. While everyone else is panicked about their portfolio's decline, I see a downturn as an incredible buying opportunity.

Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Ireland.On January 21 the company increased its quarterly dividend 20% to $0.60 per share. The dividend is payable March 3, 2016 to stockholders of record on February 9, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of February 5, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 3.8%.

Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE:D) Dominion Resources, Inc. produces and transports energy in the United States. On January 21 the company increased its quarterly dividend 8.1% to $0.70 per share. The dividend is payable March 20, 2016 to stockholders of record on March 4, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of March 2, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 4.1%.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED) engages in regulated electric, gas, and steam delivery businesses in the United States. On January 21 the company increased its quarterly dividend 3.1% to $0.67 per share. The dividend is payable March 15, 2016 to stockholders of record on February 17, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of February 12, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 4.0%.

Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) provides passengers and cargo air transportation services primarily in the United States. On January 21 the company increased its quarterly dividend 37% to $0.275 per share. The dividend is payable March 8, 2016 to stockholders of record on February 23, 2016, with an ex-dividend date of February 19, 2016. The yield based on the new payout is 1.6%.

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