Dividend Changes to Know Now: Weyerhaeuser, Newell Rubbermaid, SCBT Financial, Alliance Resource Partners, Alliance Holdings GP

Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY): Weyerhaeuser raised quarterly dividend by 13% to 17c/share.

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE:NWL): Newell Rubbermaid announces 50% increase in quarterly dividend to 15c per share. The company announced a 50% quarterly dividend increase from 10c to 15c, effective in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing the payout ratio to the high end of the targeted range of 30%-35%.

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SCBT Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:SCBT): SCBT Financial increases quarterly dividend 5.9% to 18c per share. The Board of Directors of SCBT has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 18c per share payable on its common stock. This per share amount is a 1c, or 5.9%, increase to the dividend paid in the immediately preceding quarter and will be payable on November 23, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 16, 2012.

Alliance Resource Partners LP (NASDAQ:ARLP): Alliance Resource increases quarterly dividend by 2.1% to $1.085 per share.

Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ:AHGP): Alliance Holdings increases quarterly dividend to by 3.2% to 72c. The distribution will be paid on November 19 to unitholders of record as of the close of trading on November 12.

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