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Eaton Vance Raises Quarterly Dividend
Monday October 31, 2:12 pm ET
Eaton Vance Boosts Quarterly Dividend 25 Percent to 10 Cents

-- Investment management firm Eaton Vance Corp. on Monday said its board raised its quarterly dividend 25 percent to 10 cents.

The dividend will be payable on Nov. 21 to shareholders of record from Nov. 11, the company said. The previous quarterly dividend was 8 cents.

"Eaton Vance has made exceptional progress in fiscal 2005, with assets under management surpassing $100 billion," said James B. Hawkes, chairman, chief executive and president, in a statement. "We are pleased that our strong cash position and favorable cash flow trends enable us to share our progress with shareholders in this fashion."

...Upon which, TMF averred...

4 Stocks That Took a Hike

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz (TMFBreakerRick)
November 7, 2005

There's something special about a company increasing its dividend. It's not just more money in the pockets of its shareowners. It's also a sign that a company feels upbeat enough to go easy on those purse strings. If a dividend hike signals an improvement in a company's fundamentals, it may very well send the shares higher.

Let's take a closer look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.

Eaton Vance (NYSE: EV) managed to increase its payout. The Boston-based mutual fund specialist will now be paying its shareholders $0.10 per share every three months. That's 25% higher than its previous $0.08 dividend. Then again, the quarterly checks haven't been the biggest reward for Eaton Vance investors. The stock has been one of the top-performing equities over the past few decades. In fact, if you had bought the stock 15 years ago, you would be sitting on a 44-bagger today.

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