These five big stocks could be about to increase their dividend payments in the coming months.
This week marks a year since the big S&P 500 index reached its all-time intraday high of 2,134.72 -- and the intervening 12 months haven't exactly been a good time to be a stock market investor. Since the market peaked last May, the S&P has lost just shy of 4% of its market value, grinding sideways in a wide range.
That's the bad news. The good news is that factoring dividends into the equation changes the picture quite a bit. For instance, the S&P 500 Total Return Index, which includes the impact of reinvested dividends on the S&P's price, actually set a new record price just a month ago. Simply put, companies are making up for the lack of price performance in this stock market environment by chipping in to investors' portfolios with dividend payouts.
Here's a look at five big stocks that could be about to increase their dividend payments in the coming months. Think of it as your dividend preview…