Raise your dividend, and the market smiles with you. That is, of course, assuming that you have the means to grow your yield without upsetting your balance sheet. Which is why income investors often get a bonus when they buy into perpetual dividend hikers. Because it's not all about getting fatter quarterly checks -- odds are that these companies have improving fundamentals as well.
Let's take a closer look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
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Another hiker was Berry Petroleum
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz pays attention to yield signs. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has an ironclad disclosure policy .