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6 Stocks That Will Raise Their Dividends

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Mark your calendars: These payout increases are about as reliable as they come.

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TransCanada (NYSE:TRP)
Yield: 4.1%
Five-year annualized dividend growth: 5.4%

In recent years, pipeline operator and power producer TransCanada has been a model of dividend growth consistency. The past six annual increases have all been exactly $.02 each on a quarterly basis, and all have been announced in February or-in a couple of cases-late January. You can be pretty sure the dividend is going up again in the New Year, probably by a similar amount.

Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO)
Yield: 2.8%
Five-year annualized dividend growth: 8.5%

Last January marked a milestone for Coca-Cola-the soft drink giant's 50th consecutive annual dividend increase. Coke is such a cash machine that it returned $8.6 billion (US) to shareholders in 2011: $4.3-billion in dividends and $4.3-billion in share repurchases.
The next dividend hike is expected on or about February 14, and will be 9.8%, Bloomberg estimates. I'll drink to that.

Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT)
Yield: 2.1%
Five-year annualized dividend growth: 13.5%

Wal-Mart shareholders could have used an extra-large shopping cart to take home all the cash the retailer has handed them. The company has raised its dividend every year since 1974, and in fiscal 2012 it returned $11.3 billion to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks.

With the core US business performing well and international expansion driving growth, Bloomberg estimates that Wal-Mart will hike its dividend by 10.7% on or about February 28.

Editor's Note: This article was written by John Heinzl, reporter and columnist for Globe Investor.

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