I love to kick off the new trading week with a quick peek at companies that have just raised their dividends. It's not just about the money -- a company easing up on its pocketbook probably has improving fundamentals to back up that generosity.
Readers of the Income Investor newsletter service, with its emphasis on dividend-paying stocks, 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 CBS
Higher dividends? Yeah, we got that. Office-supply retailer Staples
Then we have Schering-Plough
Subscribers to Income Investor like it when companies send 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.