Dec 5 Occidental Petroleum Corp, the
fourth-largest U.S. oil company, said on Wednesday it was
bringing forward the payment of its dividend to 2012 instead of
A number of companies have made similar moves because of
worries about the U.S. government's fiscal plans, with the
potential for higher tax rates that would kick in next year.
Occidental said its payment of 54 cents per share would be
made on Dec. 27, 2012, instead of Jan. 15, 2013. "No other
changes have been made to this previously declared quarterly
dividend," the company said in a statement.