Unlike brokerage “DRIPs,” these allow cash investments of as little as $25. For a list of No-fee company-sponsored DRIPs,
(Note that all references to Champions mean companies that have paid higher dividends for at least 25 straight years; Contenders have streaks of 10-24 years; Challengers have streaks of 5-9 years. “CCC” refers to the universe of Champions, Contenders, and Challengers.)
Recent dividend increases have come from Contenders like First of Long Island Corp. (FLIC), Lockheed Martin (LMT), and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT). The only thing better than reporting such increases is knowing ahead of time which companies are going to boost their dividends soon.
Fortunately, the vast majority of CCC companies have a habit of announcing dividend hikes about the same time each year. So it’s no stretch of the imagination to suggest that most of these companies can be expected to repeat this annual phenomenon.
The announcements can come anywhere from two days to more than two months before the Ex-Dividend Date, so I try to look ahead by about 11 weeks to provide adequate “warning” of the good news to come. Currently, that means companies with Ex-Dividend anniversaries through December 31. With that in mind, here are the next group of companies that should boost their payouts, based on last year’s dates: