Explore Volatility Factor For Clear Picture: Meta Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:MMAT), AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), Oragenics, Inc. (AMEX:OGEN), Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU)

Dividend growth investing is a strategy that focuses on companies which regularly raise dividends. The strategy focuses on growth in dividends over a longer period of time that usually exceeds ten years. The typical dividend growth stock does not yield a lot today, but can generate very high yields on cost, that will definitely trump even some of the highest yielding stocks today.As a result, dividend growth investors focus on the catalysts that can generate a higher net income for the corporations whose stock they are purchasing. Companies can earn more by selling more, increasing prices, streamlining operations, expanding in new markets, selling new products or acquiring and merging with other companies. Mergers and acquisitions can only lead to higher earnings per share if they result in synergies. We want growth in earnings per share after all, not just a growth in overall net income.

The important tool that makes dividend growth investing is growth in earnings per share. Growth in earnings per share enables companies to increase dividends over time in a sustainable matter. A company that grows dividends for a period of time without corresponding earnings growth will eventually run out of room to boost distributions.

Here are companies that have increased their dividend payouts for several consecutive years.

Meta Materials Inc. (NASDAQ:MMAT) Shareholders tracking shares of Meta Materials Inc. (MMAT) belongs to Technology sector and Electronic Components industry. MMAT flaunted -3.38% to reach at $4.27 during previous trading session. MMAT Inc. has a total market value of 1.04B at the time of writing – representing $197.91M outstanding shares. Turning to other widely-considered trading data, this company’s half yearly performance is observed at -16.60%.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) Shareholders tracking shares of AT&T Inc. (T) belongs to Communication Services sector and Telecom Services industry. MMAT flaunted 0.51% to reach at $27.37 during previous trading session. T Inc. has a total market value of 193.63B at the time of writing – representing $7.17B outstanding shares. Turning to other widely-considered trading data, this company’s half yearly performance is observed at -3.51%.

Oragenics, Inc. (AMEX:OGEN) Shareholders tracking shares of Oragenics, Inc. (OGEN) belongs to Healthcare sector and Biotechnology industry. OGEN flaunted 2.34% to reach at $0.73 during previous trading session. OGEN Inc. has a total market value of 85.15M at the time of writing – representing $115.86M outstanding shares. Turning to other widely-considered trading data, this company’s half yearly performance is observed at -31.41%.

Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) Shareholders tracking shares of Meta Materials Inc. (MU) belongs to Technology sector and Semiconductors industry. MU has a total market value of 80.99B at the time of writing – representing $1.12B outstanding shares. Turning to other widely-considered trading data, this company’s Earnigs per share for the Next 5 years is observed at 63.56%.