Don't you just love the smell of dividends in the morning? There's nothing so aromatic as a company hiking its distributions. The move doesn't just translate into more quarterly pocket change -- it's also about letting the market know that the company's fundamentals are improving enough to let it dig a little deeper into its cash balance to reward its shareholders.
Lets take a closer look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
Following suit, American Financial Group
Then we have MSC Industrial
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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 the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.