I love to kick off a new trading week with a quick peek at companies that have just raised their dividends. A company that's easing up on its pocketbook probably has improving fundamentals to back up that generosity.
Readers of the Income Investor newsletter service can appreciate that kind of thinking. Let's take a close look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher last week.
Let's start with Wal-Mart
Fatter shareholder checks? Yeah, we got that. Staples
The boost doesn't necessarily indicate strength in the sector, though. Staples and rival superstore Office Depot
Finally we have Escalade
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 companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, which seeks tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.