I love to kick off the new trading week by taking a quick peek at companies that have just hiked their dividends. The money's not the only draw here. A company easing up on its pocketbook 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 Microsoft
Dividends are still a new concept for many tech stocks. Giants like Oracle
Investors knew the move was coming. The 31,000-unit chain has increased its disbursements every year since initiating its policy in 1976. But the dramatic size of the increase was definitely a welcome surprise.
Finally, Campbell Soup
Subscribers to the Income Investor newsletter can appreciate 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.