Last year may have been full of dividend-slashing, but now more and more companies are committed to giving more money back to their shareholders in 2010.
Readers of the Motley Fool Income Investor newsletter can certainly appreciate that kind of thinking. Let's take a closer look at some of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
We'll start with Procter & Gamble
Groceries aren't the only thing getting bigger at your local Costco
Johnson & Johnson
Finally, J.M. Smucker
Companies are starting to return more of their money to their investors, and shareholders probably won't complain. Electricity provider Southern Company
Subscribers to the Income Investor newsletter can appreciate companies that send more and more money to their investors. The newsletter singles out stocks that are committed to growing their distributions, with market-thumping results.
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Costco is a Motley Fool Inside Value recommendation and a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Southern Company are Motley Fool Income Investor recommendations. Motley Fool Options has recommended buying calls on Johnson & Johnson. The Fool owns shares of Costco and Procter & Gamble. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.
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.