Industrial ETFs Could Get Year-End Dividend Love

The industrial sector, the fifth-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, could deliver some dividend growth to investors before the end of 2014, providing a potential lift to industrial and dividend exchange traded funds.

Three of the of the largest industrial companies, Dow components General Electric (NYSE: GE), 3M (NYSE: MMM) and Boeing (NYSE: BA), could boost payouts before the year-end, reports Jon Ogg for 24/7 Wall Street.

Although General Electric (NYSE: GE) was a dividend cutter during the financial crisis, the company’s quarterly payout has nearly doubled since the third quarter of 2010, the time of its first post-crisis dividend increase. Prior to the financial crisis, GE’s dividend increase streak spanned multiple decades and the company’s recent dividend hikes show GE’s commitment to shareholder payouts has been reborn.

GE is the largest holding in the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI), accounting for nearly 10% of the largest industrial sector ETF’s weight. [Industrial ETFs Defying Strong Dollar]

Boeing will not be confused with the likes of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) in terms of length of dividend increase streaks (the company did not raise its dividend in 2010). However, Boeing’s most recent dividend hike was a 50.5% boost. The stock is XLI’s fifth-largest holding at a weight of almost 4.7%.

3M, XLI’s third-largest holding at weight of nearly 5.3%, is the only stock of the three highlighted here that is a member of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. That index mandates companies have dividend increase streaks of at least 25 years for inclusion.