April 10, 2013 at 18:07 PM EDT
S&P Says Dividend Payouts On Track For Record In 2013
This year is shaping up to be a record year for dividend payments as companies fill their coffers with cash, according to a report Wednesday from S&P Dow Jones Indices. Dividend payments rose by a net 12% in the first quarter to $14.5 billion, the index provider said. A total of 944 companies raised their dividends in Q1, up 39.4% from Q1 of 2012. "At this point, 2013 will easily surpass the 2012 record dividend payment" that includes special
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