Dividend Changes to Know Now: Littelfuse, Sinclair Broadcast Group, American States Water Company, Apartment Investment & Management, Murphy Oil Corporation

Littelfuse Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS): Littelfuse raises quarterly dividend by 11% to 20c from 18c. The dividend is payable on September 6 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 22.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI): Sinclair Broadcast increases quarterly dividend by 25% to 15c from 12c. The dividend is payable on September 14 to holders of record at the close on business on August 31.

American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR): American States Water announces 27% increase in quarterly dividend to . On July 31, 2012, the Board of Directors of American States Water Company approved a $0.075 per share increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $0.355 per share on the Common Shares of the Company. This represents a 27% increase in the quarterly dividend and the 305th consecutive dividend payment by the Company. Dividends on the Common Shares will be payable on September 1, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 13, 2012.

Apartment Investment & Management Co. (NYSE:AIV): Aimco increases the quarterly dividend by 67% to 20c. The dividend is payable on August 31 to stockholders of record on August 17.

Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE:MUR): Murphy Oil increases quarterly dividend 14%. The board of Murphy Oil declared a quarterly dividend on the common stock of Murphy Oil of 31.25c per share, or $1.25 per share on an annualized basis. The previous annualized dividend level was $1.10 per share. The dividend is payable September 4 to holders of record August 17.

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