Dividends aren't just for folks looking for steady income out of their investments. Find companies that are raising their distributions, and you'll often find companies that are also improving fundamentally.
Lets take a closer look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
We'll start with Procter & Gamble
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Lone Star Steakhouse
Then we have Dollar General
Subscribers to our Income Investor newsletter can appreciate the companies sending more and more money to their investors. Analyst Mathew Emmert has often singled out companies that are committed to growing their distributions with market-thumping results.
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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. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.