HSBC Holdings, Enel, Unilever May Increase Dividends Next Week

HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA), Enel SpA (ENEL) and Unilever Plc may be among 29 companies in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index to increase their dividends next week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, will raise its second-quarter dividend by 13 percent to 9 cents a share, according to Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts that factor in earnings and options prices. Enel, Italy’s biggest power company, will increase its interim payout to shareholders by 10 percent to 11 euro cents a share, the data show.

Unilever, the world’s second-biggest consumer-goods company, is forecast to increase its quarterly dividend by 8.2 percent to 22.5 euros cents for the Amsterdam-listed shares.

Bloomberg data also forecasts increased dividends next week for: Xstrata Plc (XTA), Standard Chartered Plc (STAN), Prudential Plc (PRU), Fresnillo Plc (FRES), Aviva Plc (AV/), Old Mutual Plc (OML), Legal & General Group Plc (LGEN), Smith & Nephew Plc (SN/), RSA Insurance Group Plc (RSA), Weir Group Plc (WEIR), Schroders Plc (SDR), GKN Plc (GKN), Hammerson Plc, Rexam Plc (REX), Intertek Group Plc (ITRK), Meggitt Plc (MGGT), Inmarsat Plc (ISAT), Cobham Plc (COB), Logica Plc (LOG), William Hill Plc (WMH), Catlin Group Ltd. (CGL), Rotork Plc (ROR), Ultra Electronics Holdings Plc (ULE), Delta Lloyd NV (DL), Royal DSM NV and Umicore (UMI) SA.

Companies in the Stoxx 600 may boost dividends per share by 47 percent in the next 12 months, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Earnings-per-share will grow 20 percent on average, the data show.

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