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Nine Dividend Payers Up More Than 30% in 90 Days

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With the stock markets wildly up and down this week (like a hooker's drawers, according to the New York Post), it can be hard to figure out which stocks are doing well. Here is a quick look as some dividend paying stocks that are up more than 30% over the past three months.

Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV): Canadian utility Fortis announced in May that it would acquire CVPS, Vermont's largest electric utility, for about $470 million. CVPS has a dividend yield of 2.6% and a market cap of $467.5 million. The share price is more than 85% higher than a year ago. The stock has outperformed competitors such as National Grid (NYSE: NGG), as well as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, year to date.

Coffee Holding Co. (NASDAQ: JVA): This New York-based small-cap company manufactures, packages and markets roasted and blended coffees in the U.S. and Canada. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NASDAQ: GMCR) is its largest customer. Its return on equity is 23.4%. Shares fell more than 6% this week but are trading more than 316% higher than a year ago. The stock has outperformed Green Mountain Coffee Roasters year to date.

InterDigital (NASDAQ: IDCC): This wireless technology development company said in July it was exploring a possible sale of the company or of its patent portfolio. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Samsung are potential buyers. InterDigital has a market cap of $3.2 billion and a dividend yield of 0.6%. The share price is up more than 6% in the past week and up more than 175% from a year ago. The stock has outperformed the Nasdaq year to date.

Konami (NYSE: KNM): Last week, this Tokyo-based video game software producer reported both revenue and net income growth year over year, despite the disasters in Japan earlier this year. It has a market cap of $5.0 billion and a dividend yield of 1.4%. Shares jumped about 26% just this past week and are more than 131% higher than a year ago. The stock has outperformed competitors Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO) year to date.

National American University (NASDAQ: NAUH): The ongoing unemployment situation in the U.S. resulted to a 14% increase in student enrollment at this provider of post-secondary education services. Its dividend yield is 1.3% and it has a market cap of $254.4 million. The share price is up nearly 5% this week and more than 42% higher than a year ago. The stock has outperformed competitors Career Education (NASDAQ: CECO) and Corinthian Colleges (NASDAQ: COCO) year to date.

Parkvale Financial (NASDAQ: PVSA): It operates Parkvale Savings Bank, which serves the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. FNB (NYSE: FNB) and Parkvale announced a merger agreement in June, expected to close by the end of the year. Parkvale has a market cap of $106.4 million. While the share price is down about 5% in the past week, it is about 190% higher year over year. The stock has outperformed larger competitor FNB year to date.

Southern Union (NYSE: SUG): In July, Energy Transfer Equity (NYSE: ETE) outbid Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) to acquire this Houston-based natural gas producer and distributor, a deal expected to close in early 2012. Southern Union's market cap is $5.2 billion and the dividend yield is 1.4%. Shares are trading more than 82% higher than a year ago. Year to date, the stock has outperformed competitors such as ONEOK (NYSE: OKE).

Terra Nitrogen (NYSE: TNH): Last week, this Iowa-based producer of nitrogen fertilizer products to agricultural and industrial customers in the U.S. reported year-over-year earnings growth for the second quarter. The $3.0 billion market cap company has a dividend yield of 6.9%. The share price is more than 96% higher than a year ago, as well as up more the 10% in the past week. The stock has outperformed competitors Agrium (NYSE: AGU) and Potash (NYSE: POT) year to date.

Valhi (NYSE: VHI): The chairman of the board has been periodically buying shares of this industrial products manufacturer all summer, including more than 34,000 shares worth more than $1.3 million this week. Valhi has a market cap of $5.8 billion and its dividend yield is 1.0%. The share price is almost 15% higher than a week ago and up about 245% year over year. The stock has outperformed competitor DuPont (NYSE: DD) year to date.

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