I love to kick off the new trading week by taking a quick peek at companies that have just increased their dividends. A company that's loosening its purse strings 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 closer look at four of the companies that inched their payouts higher over the past week.
We'll start with General Mills
But grocery stores are bouncing back these days. All three of those grocers propped up their yields last year, and now Kroger is at it again, making this the second increase since the company initiated its new dividend policy in 2006.
Finally, we have Qualcomm
Subscribers to the Income Investor newsletter service can appreciate the companies sending more and more money to their investors. Income Investor 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.