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Hokkaido test site outshining other carbon-capture options in race to reduce emissions

TOMAKOMAI – A test site in Japan for burying carbon dioxide (CO2) below the seabed off Hokkaido is showing more promise than other carbon, capture and storage (CCS) projects by cutting costs and increasing efficiency, its developer says.

Southern Company (SO) Raises Quarterly Dividend by 3.4%

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The Southern Company (SO - Free Report) recently announced a 3.4% hike in its quarterly dividend, resulting in the company paying a quarterly dividend of 60 cents per share compared with 58 cents paid earlier. Shareholders of Southern Company of record as of May 21, 2018 will now be rewarded with the increased dividend on Jun 6, 2018, which is in line with our expectations.

5 Unsteady Dividend Stocks That Will Win Longer Term | InvestorPlace

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The last few weeks haven’t exactly been that great for investors. Thanks to a variety of factors, volatility has returned with a vengeance and we’ve actually seen some big intraday price swings and declines. In fact, the S&P 500 is barely positive on the year and is more than 6% below its peak reached at the end of January. And that decline has hit all matter of equities.

Southern Company’s Payout Ratio Compared to Its Peers

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Let’s take a look at Southern Company’s payout ratio. A payout ratio indicates a portion of a company’s profits distributed to shareholders in the form of dividends. In 2017, Southern Company’s payout ratio was 76%. We’ve adjusted SO’s earnings for extraordinary items, which included a $3.4 billion loss on the Kemper County power plant in 2017.

Southern Company’s Dividend Growth Compared to Its Peers

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Although Southern Company’s (SO) dividend yield is higher than many of its peers, it significantly lags behind its peers in terms of dividend growth. Its dividends per share grew 3.4% compounded annually in the last five years. In comparison, the broader utilities (XLU) increased their dividends per share by 4% compounded annually in the same period.

Southern Company Raised Dividend for 17th Consecutive Year

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Georgia-based Southern Company (SO) announced on April 16, 2018, that it has raised its quarterly dividend by $0.02 to $0.60 per share. In 2018, it’s expected to pay $2.38 per share, which is more than 3% higher than its total dividends per share last year. The ex-dividend date is May 18, 2018, and the dividend will be paid on June 6, 2018.

Here’s What Could Impact Southern Company’s Dividends

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Southern Company (SO) expects to increase its earnings per share by 4%–6% annually for the next few years, which is in line with the industry average. The utility’s huge exposure to regulated operations is likely to facilitate stable earnings going forward, which could ultimately support its targeted dividend growth for the next few years. Its gas operations witnessed huge growth in 2017 due to its AGL Resources acquisition.

10 Retirement Stocks That You Should Already Own

2018-04-17 investorplace
Some might ask, why are you investing so prudently now? Most investors say they want to build the biggest nest egg they can to fund the best possible retirement when that time comes. Once that day arrives, then they’ll change their portfolio to focus less on growth and more on income.

Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last Week

2018-04-17 marketrealist
US utility stocks have been sluggish for the last few months. Utilities that are sensitive to the interest rate have been on a downward streak since December 2017 mainly due to tax reforms, rate hikes, and valuation concerns. Utilities continued their downtrend last week. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) fell more than 1%, while broader markets rose more than 2% during the week.

BRIEF-Southern Co - Appointed Andrew Evans, To Serve As Executive VP And CFO Of Southern Company

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Is a Southern Company (SO) Dividend Hike on the Horizon?

2018-04-16 zacks
Electric utility firm The Southern Company (SO - Free Report) traditionally makes an announcement to up its payout at this time of year.

Comparing Sempra Energy’s Dividend Yield with Its Peers’

2018-04-16 marketrealist
Sempra Energy (SRE), one of the leading utilities in California, declared a dividend of $0.90 per share in 1Q18, which represented a 9% increase over the previous quarter. This was Sempra Energy’s eighth consecutive annual per-share dividend increase.

10 Dividend Stocks You Can Set and Forget

2018-04-16 investorplace
Tired of keeping a close eye on financial news and popping in and out of positions in an effort to get the most out of an increasingly volatile market?

Sand In My Shoes: 7 Reasons I Bought Walmart

2018-04-16 seekingalpha
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