There's something special about a company increasing its dividend. It's not just that a hike puts more money in shareholders' pockets. It's also a sign that a company feels upbeat enough to go easy on those purse strings. If the trend continues, the improving fundamentals may very well send the shares higher.
Let's take a closer look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
Speaking of consistent hikes, Alltel
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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. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of theRule Breakersnewsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.