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RPM declares cash dividend

RPM International Inc., which manufactures Rust-Oleum as well as industrial coatings, sealants and building materials, announced quarterly cash dividend of $0.215 per share Thursday.

The dividend will be payable on Oct. 31, 2011, to stockholders of record as of Oct. 17, 2011.

Pharma Ups the Dividend Ante

 There's no way to sugarcoat this: It was not a pretty year for pharmaceutical companies. While the S&P saw substantial gains over the last year, with the exception of Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) and Novartis (NYSE: NVS), every other major pharmaceutical company listed on the U.S. exchange saw their shares decrease. And neither of the two that were in positive territory actually surpassed the S&P 500.


The Most Promising Dividends in Restaurants

 Dividend payers deserve a berth in any long-term stock portfolio. But seemingly attractive dividend yields are not always as fetching as they may appear. Let's see which companies in the restaurant industry offer the most promising dividends.

Is Starwood Hotels the Perfect Stock?

Everyone would love to find the perfect stock. But will you ever really find a stock that gives you everything you could possibly want? One thing's for sure: If you don't look, you'll never find truly great investments. So let's first take a look at what you'd want to see from a perfect stock, and then decide whetherStarwood Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HOT) fits the bill.

High-Priced Stocks Worth Every Penny

Penny stocks are one way to double your money, though they tend to be fraught with risk. But there are equally shiny opportunities trading at the other end of the price spectrum, too. I call 'em "three-digit stocks," yet if they're anything like Berkshire Hathaway, they can trade in the four-, five-, and six-digit range, too.

The Best Way to Play the Rare Earth Run-up

Earlier this week, I noted that high-flying rare-earth minerMolycorp (NYSE: MCP) looked overvalued, and more likely to decline in price than Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), another stock sitting atop its current 52-week high. Profitless where Exxon is wildly profitable, dividend-less where Exxon pays 2.4%, and priced at a book value three times that of the oil giant, I saw little hope that Molycorp would continue to outperform the market going forward.

The Best Stocks for 2011: Boeing


This article is part of our "Best Stocks for 2011" series in which our Foolish writers pick their top stock ideas for the year ahead. Click here to see a review of last year's picks and our 12 recommendations for the year ahead.

These Stocks Still Aren't Showing You the Money

 If you like real money better than paper gains that can evaporate at a moment's notice, then dividend-paying stocks probably appeal to you quite a bit. And with the uptick in dividends over the past year, many investors are more optimistic than ever about the prospects for dividend-paying stocks.


5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: U.S. Ecology

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, hazardous waste disposal specialist U.S. Ecology (Nasdaq: ECOL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

The Most Promising Dividends in Pharmaceuticals

Dividend payers deserve a berth in any long-term stock portfolio, but seemingly attractive dividend yields are not always as fetching as they may appear. Let's take a look at the pharmaceutical industry, in order to find its most promising dividends.