5 Blue Chip Stocks Raising Dividends During Earnings

With earnings season in full force, one of the components of quarterly earning reports is its dividends. Dividends are a positive way to share a company’s success and confidence with its shareholders.

Here’s five blue chips that have raised their dividends this quarter.

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD): McDonald’s announced that it is paying a quarterly dividend of $0.70 per share, representing a nearly 15 percent increase from the previous quarter. The company’s current dividend yield is 3 percent. The shares recently traded at $92.58, down $0.71, or 0.76%. Its market capitalization is $95.52 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $72.14 to $93.84. Volume today was 3,625 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 7,735,680 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 18.16, while trailing earnings are $5.10 per share.

Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX): Chevron announced that it is paying a quarterly dividend of $0.81 per share, representing a 3.8 percent from the previous quarter and its second quarterly increase in 2011.  These two increases represent a 12.5 percent annual increase for the company’s quarterly dividend. The company’s current dividend yield is 2.86 percent. The shares recently traded at $109.25, down $0.39, or 0.36%. Its market capitalization is $218.83 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $80.41 to $110.01. Volume today was 5,924 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 11,515,900 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 9.54, while trailing earnings are $11.45 per share.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): Microsoft announced it paying a quarterly dividend of $0.20 per share, representing a 25 percent increase from the previous quarter. The company’s current dividend yield is 2.93 percent. The shares recently traded at $26.98,. Its market capitalization is $226.96 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $23.65 to $29.46. Volume today was 21,415 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 66,041,800 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 9.81, while trailing earnings are $2.75 per share.

Walgreen Company (NYSE:WAG): Walgreens announced it is paying  a quarterly dividend of $0.225 cents per share. This represents a 28.6 percent increase over the year-ago dividend. The company’s current dividend yield is 2.65 percent. The shares recently traded at $33.72, down $0.09, or 0.27%. Its market capitalization is $29.99 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $31.60 to $47.11. Volume today was 1,695 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 8,662,530 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 11.47, while trailing earnings are $2.94 per share.

Visa Inc.(NYSE:V): Visa announced its paying a quarterly dividend of $0.22, representing a 47 percent increase from the previous quarter. The company’s current dividend yield is 0.94 percent. The shares recently traded at $94.90, down $0.2, or 0.21%. Its market capitalization is $65.16 billion. They have traded in a 52-week range of $66.50 to $95.75. Volume today was 500 shares versus a 3-month average volume of 5,920,430 shares. The company’s trailing P/E is 17.85, while trailing earnings are $5.32 per share.

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