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Anheuser-Busch, EADS, Linde May Increase Their Dividends

March 02, 2012

Anheuser-Busch (ABI) InBev NV, European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. and Linde AG (LIN) are among 11 companies in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index (SXXP) that may increase their dividends next week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Anheuser-Busch, the world’s biggest brewer, will raise its dividend by 25 percent to 1 euro, according to Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts that factor in earnings and options prices. EADS (EAD), the French aerospace company, might boost its payout to shareholders by 36 percent to 30 euro cents. Linde (LIN), the world’s second-largest supplier of industrial gases, may lift its dividend by 11 percent to 2.45 euros per share. RWE AG (RWE), Germany’s second-biggest utility, might cut its dividend by 41 percent to 2.05 euros

Companies in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index (SXXP) will increase payouts to shareholders by 10 percent in 2012, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Per-share earnings will grow 23 percent in the period, according to the data.

Henkel AG & Co KGaA (HEN3), the German maker of industrial adhesives, Aviva Plc (AV/), Britain’s second-biggest insurer by market value, and Kuehne & Nagel International AG, the world’s largest sea-freight forwarder, may also raise dividends next week.

Carrefour SA (CA), the world’s second-biggest retailer by sales, and Enel SpA (ENEL), Italy’s largest power company, may lower their payouts to shareholders, by 17 percent to 90 euro cents and by 11 percent to 16 cents, respectively.

The Stoxx 600 has climbed 1 percent this week as consumer confidence and jobless claims in the U.S. added to optimism that the recovery in the world’s largest economy remains intact and the European Central Bank lent 529.5 billion euros ($700 billion) to the region’s banks. The gauge added 0.1 percent to 267.44 at 3:34 p.m. in London.

To contact the reporter on this story: Corinne Gretler in Zurich at cgretler1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Rummer at arummer@bloomberg.net


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