Three Small Companies Demostrate Resilence by Dividend Increases

increaseThe wheat is getting separated from the chaff. While big names were cutting dividends to manage their debt, there are slew of mid to small cap companies that are continuing to show resilience, and  continuing to show how to manage sustainable and profitable business even in recession. Many companies are continuing to make sure shareholders have a stake in the business by increasing dividends. Among these dividend growers, following are three companies that have received by attention for the dividend increase.

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. (LECO): LECO manufactures and sells welding and cutting products worldwide. The products are mostly sold to industrial customers in general metal fabrication, power generation and process industry, structural steel construction, heavy equipment fabrication, shipbuilding, automotive, pipe mills and pipelines, and offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction markets. The company was founded in 1895 and has headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. It is part of S&P 400 MidCap index.

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SYSCO Corporation Stock Analysis – Priced to Buy

logoSysco Corporation (SYS), through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily for food service industry. It distributes frozen foods, non-food items, restaurant equipment and cleaning supplies. It serves restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, schools and colleges, and hotels and motels.

SYS is a member of Broad Dividend Achievers and has been raising dividends for last 38 years. The most recent dividend increase was in December 2008. It remains to be seen if it will increase dividends later this year. I had reviewed this stock in February 2008 which at that time was a medium risk to dividend. My objective here is to analyze if SYY still continues to be a good dividend growth stock.

Trend Analysis
This section measures the trends for past 10 years of corporation’s revenue and profitability. The parameters should show consistent growth trends. The image below shows the trend chart.

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John Wiley & Sons – Stock Analysis for Dividend Growth Portfolio

wiley-logoJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc. publishes print and electronic products that provide content and digital solutions. It operates in three segments, viz., (1) Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly; (2) Professional/Trade; and (3) Higher Education. Segment 1 products include journals, encyclopedias, books, databases, and laboratory manuals in various publishing areas. Segment 2 products includes books, subscription content, and information services in subject such as business, technology, architecture, professional culinary, psychology, education, travel, health, religion, consumer reference, pets, and general interest. Segment 3 products focus on courses in business and accounting, sciences, engineering, computer science, math, social sciences, and other academic course material. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. was founded in 1807 and is based in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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