I love to kick off the new trading week by taking a quick peek at companies that have just hiked their dividends. It's not just about the money. A company that is easing up on its pocketbook probably has improving fundamentals to back up that generosity.
Readers of the Income Investor newsletter can certainly get behind that kind of thinking. Let's take a closer look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
We'll start with Hooker Furniture
Then we have Hasbro
Black & Decker
Then we have Wrigley
Wrigley's quarterly distribution is going 13% higher to $0.29 a share. Then again, the company's been doing this for years. I guess you can hike and chew gum at the same time!
Subscribers to Income Investor can appreciate the companies sending more and more money to their investors. The newsletter singles 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 in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.
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