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Dividend checks continue to get fatter in corporate America, as more companies jack up their distribution rates.

Readers of the Income Investor newsletter can certainly appreciate that kind of thinking. Let's take a closer look at some of the companies that inched their payouts higher these past few days.

We can start with Kroger (NYSE: KR  ) .

The supermarket operator is hitting the cash register with a 30% boost to its quarterly rate. Shareholders of the 2,425-unit grocery store operator will now be receiving $0.15 a share every three months. It may not seem like much, but keep in mind that Albertson's parent, SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU  ) , suspended its distributions earlier this summer.

Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL  ) is hoping that its shareholders like their dividends the way that its passengers enjoy their ships and midnight buffets: bigger. The cruise line operator is making its quarterly payouts 20% more buoyant, bumping its rate to $0.12 a share.

"We have consistently communicated our desire to balance rational growth, leverage reduction and shareholder return improvement," CEO Richard Fain explained in last week's press release.

Bon voyage, income investors.

Philip Morris (NYSE: PM  ) also isn't blowing smoke with its disbursements. The international tobacco giant is increasing its quarterly distributions 10% to $0.85 a share. The company's "cancer sticks" may not be popular forever, but for now shareholders can take in a hefty 3.8% yield.

Finally we have CapLease (NYSE: LSE  ) on the move. The REIT that invests in single-tenant commercial properties with long-term leases is jacking up its quarterly rate 8% to $0.07 a share.

Checks and balances
Subscribers to the Income Investor newsletter can appreciate the companies sending more and more money to their investors. The newsletter singles out companies that are committed to growing their distributions with market-thumping results. A 30-day trial subscription will let you see if it's right for you.

The Dow is another place where yield chasers come for meaty payouts, but you don't want to buy all 30 stocks that make up the index. A new report singles out the three Dow companies that dividend investors need to own. It's a free report, so check it out now.

The Motley Fool owns shares of SUPERVALU. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying calls on SUPERVALU. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz calls them as he sees them. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.

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  • Report this Comment On September 20, 2012, at 8:47 AM, DrLouXXX wrote:

    One of my main investment objectives is hedging against inflationary loss. This is coming to the fore with the Fed printing money like crazy, and other central banks recently following suit. I feel it is likely severe inflation is just over the horizon. As a hedge, one approach is a bet against the dollar. I understand that PM fulfills that roll, since most (all?) of its business is overseas. With that as the thesis, can PM also be considered as a diversified inflation hedge (sort of like a raw material might be)? If not, why not, and can better alternatives be considered? Your thoughts please.

  • Report this Comment On September 24, 2012, at 11:01 AM, chadhenage13 wrote:

    Rick, thanks for keeping up this series, I've found out about dividend increases here more often than not. You are saving me from searching other sites to get the same info. Thanks again and Fool on!

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