As far as dividends go, more is usually better than less. As long as a company has the flexibility to pay more without sacrificing its operations, hiking a dividend rate is a healthy sign of a company that sees a future bright enough to keep up with the more generous distributions. Readers of the Income Investor newsletter can certainly appreciate that kind of thinking.
Let's take a closer look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
We can start with Blyth
Village Super Market
Stephen Simpson took a closer look at Umpqua earlier this summer. He was impressed by many of the financial service provider's achievements, save for a disappointing return on equity (ROE).
Then we have Highland Hospitality
Subscribers to the 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.
Want to see what Mathew likes these days? Go ahead and give his newsletter service a shot with a 30-day trial subscription. Who knows? Maybe the next thing to get hiked will be your interest.
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 theRule Breakersnewsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.The Fool has a disclosure policy.