December 04, 2012 at 17:56 PM EST
Dividend Payout Changes for Dec.4

The following companies announced a change in their dividend payouts today.

Companies Increasing Dividend Payouts
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) has raised its annual dividend payout from $1.36 to $1.40. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $32.70, is 4.28%. BMY is a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Ensign Group (ENSG) has raised its annual dividend payout from $.24 to $.26. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $25.68, is 1.01%. ENSG is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars.

Helmerich Payne (HP) has raised its annual dividend payout from $.28 to $.60. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $54.18, is 1.11%. HP is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars.

Mid-American Apartment Communities (MAA) has raised its annual dividend payout from $2.65 to $2.78. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $62.80, is 4.43%. MAA is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars.

Stewart Info Services (STC) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.05 to $0.10. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $27.79, is 0.36%. STC is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars.

First Financial Corp (THFF) has raised its annual dividend payout from $0.94 to $0.96. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $29.8, is 3.22%. THFF is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.2 out of 5 stars.

Texas Pacific Land Trust (TPL) has raised its annual dividend payout from $.23 to $.25. The new dividend yield, based on today’s closing stock price of $58.00, is .43%. TPL is not a “Recommended” stock at this time, holding a Dividend.com Rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars.

Companies Suspending Dividend Payouts
Naugatuck Valley Financial (NVSL) has announced the Company’s Board of Directors has determined not to declare and pay a cash dividend for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. We are suspending coverage of the stock.

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