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KiplingerJan 21, 2020
30 Massive Dividend Increases From the Past Year
The S&P 500's dividend stocks provided shareholders with an average payout boost of more than 8% in 2019. However, a number of outstanding companies announced far more substantial dividend increases - 20%, 30% or more. In a few cases, companies more than doubled their payouts overnight.

Companies often authorize significant upgrades in their regular dividends to attract new investors or stand out from industry competitors. While one-time influxes of cash will often go toward buybacks or one-time special dividends, firms that believe they can maintain heightened levels of profitability will return some of that money through larger regular payouts.

You'll notice that many of the past year's largest dividend increases came from the banking industry. That's in part because some large banks that were sitting on stockpiles of cash received permission from government regulators to distribute their excess capital to investors. Another major impetus for dividend growth was tax reform, which bumped up after-tax profits for many American companies, including banks.

Here, we look at 30 companies that stood out over the past year because of their outsize dividend increases. Each dividend growth stock listed here improved its regular payout by at least 20% in 2019, though in numerous cases, the dividend improved by considerably more. Let's take a look.

SEE ALSO: The Pros' Picks: 13 Top Dividend Stocks for 2020


Yahoo BusinessJan 21, 2020
Tesla Shares May Reach $960 in Early 2021, Biggest Bull Says
(Bloomberg) -- Tesla Inc.'s most bullish Wall Street analyst predicts the dizzying rally in the shares of the electric-car maker will accelerate this year and trade in the $640-to-$960 range in early 2021.New Street Research analyst Pierre Ferragu anticipates the company will sell 2 million to 3 million cars per year after 2025 at industry-leading margins, justifying a market capitalization of $230 billion to $350 billion, or about $1,100 to $1,700 per share."The stock will remain volatile, as the spread between bull and bear cases remains wide," said Ferragu, who boosted his price target to a Street high. "And God only knows what the next controversy will be."Tesla is set to report quarterly earnings next week. Shares of the company are up 3% in pre-market trading and have increased more than 100% over the past three months. A surprise third-quarter profit and strong deliveries for the fourth quarter helped fuel the rally, along with the opening of its China plant.Ferragu, who raised his price target to a $800 from previous $530, expects the company to post a strong free cash flow beat when it releases fourth-quarter earnings on Jan. 29.He also predicts 2020 delivery guidance to beat estimates, and a potential drop in gross margins in the first half of the year as Shanghai-assembled Model 3s -- which have higher fixed costs per car -- increase in the overall mix.Earlier on Tuesday, Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi struck a cautious note, saying the Shanghai Gigafactory production could pressure margins in fourth and first quarter.To contact the reporter on this story: Esha Dey in New York at edey@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brad Olesen at bolesen3

MarketWatchJan 21, 2020
Cannabis Watch: Aphria stock boosted by news of certification that will allow the Canadian company to ship medical cannabis to the EU
Aphria Inc. shares rallied more than 6% Tuesday, after a bullish analyst note and news that the company has achieved GMP status in the European Union, clearing the path for it to start selling medical cannabis to pharmacies in Germany and other countries.

MarketWatch MarketPulseJan 21, 2020
Boeing expects 737 Max back in service at midyear
Boeing Co. said Tuesday it expects that its 737 Max jets will start to return to service "during mid-2020." Boeing shares were halted ahead of the announcement, when they were down 5.5%. "This updated estimate is informed by our experience to date with the certification process. It is subject to our ongoing attempts to address known schedule risks and further developments that may arise in connection with the certification process," Boeing said in the statement. That timeline "also accounts for the rigorous scrutiny that regulatory authorities are rightly applying at every step" of their review of the 737 Max's flight control systems and future pilot training requirements, the company said. The 737 Max jets have been grounded since March after two deadly crashes less than five months apart, and the company has been mired in criticism for the way it handled the plane's certification and further missteps in the recertification.

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