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Insurer Allstate Corp. said Friday it is raising its quarterly dividend by 8.7% to 50 cents a share. The new dividend will be payable April 1 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 28. Shares were slightly lower Friday, but have gained 2.4% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 has gained 4.6%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit for more information on this news.