Not every company is slashing its dividend these days. Some of the market's better performers are easing up on their purse strings and sending more money out to their shareholders. So let's take a closer look at some of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.

We can start with Altria (NYSE: MO). The Marlboro maker is lighting up its quarterly dividend by 3% to $0.35 a share. The company's goal is to redistribute 75% to 80% of its adjusted earnings to its shareholders.

Home Depot (NYSE: HD) is also building on its yield. The home-improvement chain's new payout of $0.23625 a share is a 5% improvement.

"It is our intent to increase our dividend every year," the retailer's CEO said in announcing the move. Home Depot hadn't initiated a hike since 2006, so this is an encouraging sign that the hardware superstore has finally turned the corner.

Kimberly Clark (NYSE: KMB) is also sending more paper to its investors. The company behind Kleenex tissues, Huggies diapers, and Scott paper towels is bumping up its quarterly distributions by 10% to $0.66 a share. Kimberly Clark has come through with higher rate announcements in each of the past 38 years.

Finally, we have Gap (NYSE: GPS) getting it done with denim. The apparel retailer behind Old Navy, Banana Republic, and its namesake concepts is sprucing up its quarterly dividend by 18% to $0.10 a share.

It was a good week for yield chasers, as these four companies were joined by several others, including Tim Hortons (NYSE: THI), ITT (NYSE: ITT), and PPL (NYSE: PPL).

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz pays attention to yield signs. He owns no shares in any of the companies in this story and 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.