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Air Products Raises Quarterly Dividend 18%

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (APD) board raised the industrial-gas maker's quarterly dividend 18%, while the company touted its $350 million in share repurchases since the end of the year. The popularity of dividends has increased alongside share buybacks as companies seek ways to appeal to investors and utilize cash stockpiles now that they don't need to clutch cash as tightly in an improving economy with easier credit. Air Products moved the dividend to 58 cents from 49, with the increase costing roughly $19 million each quarter. The $350 million in repurchases represents roughly 2% of the company's current market value, based on the company's number of shares outstanding on Jan. 18 listed in a filing. Air Products, which been tied up in court proceedings over its hostile bid for rival Airgas Inc. (ARG) recently, reported its fiscal first-quarter profit rose on better-than-expected revenue gains despite charges from the Airgas offer. Shares were up 2.3% at $86.09 in recent trading. -By Joan E. Solsman, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2291; joan.solsman@dowjones.com

Stock News for Airgas (ARG)
DateTimeHeadline
04/13/201517:26:06Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
04/13/201500:20:03Dividend Increases, March 23-April 10, 2015
04/10/201512:00:00Airgas Updates Fourth Quarter Earnings Teleconference Time
04/09/201514:30:00Airgas Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Release Schedule
04/07/201516:05:00Airgas Increases First Quarter Dividend by 9%
04/02/201517:58:15Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
04/02/201517:57:49Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
04/02/201517:57:25Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
04/02/201517:56:58Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
04/01/201504:45:17Airgas: Shares Likely To Bounce Back, But Still Pretty Pricey
03/30/201514:20:53Annual Report of Employee Stock Plans (11-k)
03/30/201514:17:39Annual Report of Employee Stock Plans (11-k)
03/27/201507:30:00Airgas to Build New Air Separation Unit (ASU) in Tuscaloosa...
03/20/201508:59:55Airgas cuts FQ4 earnings, revenue guidance
03/20/201508:36:31Current Report Filing (8-k)
03/20/201508:30:00Airgas Provides Update on Fiscal 2015 Fourth Quarter Organic...
03/19/201516:00:00Airgas Names Matthew B. Whitton President â Airgas Northern C...
03/11/201514:14:44Current Report Filing (8-k)
03/10/201510:52:28Amended Statement of Ownership (sc 13g/a)
03/05/201513:00:00Airgas Names Pamela J. Claypool as President â Airgas North D...

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