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What: Shares of Valhi (NYSE: VHI) rose as much as 11.5% in early trading after the company reported the results of its annual meeting and raised its quarterly dividend payout by 25%.

So what: The company, which makes a titanium dioxide pigment for coatings and plastics, approved say-on-pay measures required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation and raised its dividend payout from $0.10 to $0.125 quarterly.

Now what: As an investor, I’m happy to see Valhi raising dividends. If nothing else, it’s an indicator that management takes its responsibility to shareholders seriously -- and we’ve seen far too many examples of CEOs who couldn’t care less about outside investors. In fact, we’re taking a look at some of them this week. Click here to take a closer look at Talbots (NYSE: TLB), here for an inside view of Adobe Systems (Nasdaq: ADBE), and here to check under the hood of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS)

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