Too many investors take their quarterly dividend checks, cash them in, and fail to realize the significance of the distribution. A company is showing its state of fiscal health by generating that check. What do you think it means when that same company decides to pay its shareholders a little more? That's right, it's a company that is feeling a little more confident about its future earning power. 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 CBRL Group
CBRL investors -- like me -- will now be receiving $0.14 a share every three months. This is the fourth year in a row in which the restaurateur has increased its distribution rate.
CBRL wasn't the only casual-dining specialist to put a little more meat on the shareholder plate. Darden Restaurants
Then we have DENTSPLY
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.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz pays attention to yield signs. He does own shares in CBRL Group. 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.