Halma, WS Atkins and Charles Stanley have lifted their payouts.
You probably already know that many shares within the FTSE indices can offer decent incomes when compared to a savings account.
Indeed, the FTSE 100 (UKX) index at 5,439 currently offers a trailing 3.9% dividend income -- somewhat higher than this time last year, when the index offered a 3.2% yield and traded at 5,773.
Despite all the economic worries that have pushed the FTSE 100 index lower during the last 12 months, some companies continue to lift their annual dividends to ordinary shareholders. Here are three names from various FTSE indices that have announced higher payouts today:
Halma (LSE: HLMA) rewarded its loyal investors with a 7% dividend increase, following full-year results that showed underlying earnings advancing 19%. Indeed, the mid-cap engineer, which makes door sensors, smoke detectors and water network monitors, boasts one of the market's most dependable payout records -- this year's dividend advance was the 33rd consecutive raise of 5% or more!
Halma's shares had dropped 2p (1%) to 376p by this afternoon, which equates to a £1.4 billion market cap and yield of 2.6% based on the new 9.74p per share payout.
WS Atkins (LSE: ATK) provided the market with a 5% dividend increase, following 2012 numbers that showed underlying earnings also gaining 5%. After recovering from various operational difficulties 10 years ago, the design and engineering consultancy has since delivered a payout that has risen every year. In fact, the dividend has tripled in value since 2004.
Atkins' shares had rallied 25p (4%) to 703p by this afternoon, which equates to a £703 million market cap and yield of 4.3% based on the new 30.5p per share payout.
Charles Stanley (LSE: CAY) cheered its shareholders this morning with a 5% dividend improvement, following full-year figures that showed underlying earnings slumping 30%. Although progress at the private-client stock broker was hampered by the dotcom crash and banking collapse, the firm's dividend has proved remarkably resilient -- the payout is up six-fold since 1999.
Charles Stanley's shares had slipped 2.5p (6%) to 250p by this afternoon, which equates to a £106 million market cap and yield of 4.5% based on the new 11.25p per share dividend.
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> Maynard Paton does not own any shares mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool owns shares in Charles Stanley.