I love to kick off the new trading week by taking a quick peek at companies that have just raised 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 service can certainly appreciate that kind of thinking.
Let's take a closer look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher recently.
Let's start with National City
National City shares were stung during the subprime-lending meltdown, but the company is doing its best to upgrade the credit quality of its accounts. Shareholders who see the company through the tricky transformation now stand to collect a beefy 4.9% yield.
Then we have Village Super Market
Another repeat performer is Atlantic Coast Federal
And finally, there's MFA Mortgage Investments
Subscribers to the Income Investor newsletter can appreciate the companies sending more and more money to their investors. The service 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.