Quebecor, Manulife, Telus to hike payouts to shareholders with higher dividends

A number of major Canadian companies say they’ll be increasing payouts to their shareholders.

Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) says its quarterly dividend will rise 40 per cent to 3.5 cents per share.

Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) is raising its quarterly dividend by about 10 per cent to 17 cents per share.

And Telus (TSX:T) is raising its dividend by two cents to 42 cents per share, up five per cent from the previous level.

The companies said they’ve had a good start to this year and the dividend hikes reflect their confidence.

The dividend increases were announced along with a flood of Canadian quarterly reports issued Thursday.

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