I love to kick off the new trading week by taking a quick peek at companies that have just hiked their dividends. I'm not just interested in the money. A company that's opening its wallet wider probably has improving fundamentals to back up that generosity.
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 over the past week.
We'll start with Kraft
The lodging industry hasn't felt the same real estate pinch you're seeing in the residential market. Choice has now boosted its payouts in five consecutive years.
Finally, we have Sovran Self Storage
The market downturn may actually be aiding self-storage specialists like Sovran, Public Storage
Subscribers to the Income Investor newsletter 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.