American International Group (NYSE:AIG) has slowly been gaining steam among Wall Street analysts and hedge funds, but last week the stock jumped 5.85%. Since the company has yet to announce its first-quarter earnings, there is little that could propel the stock to such heights in a short span of time. The main culprit behind last week's gains? Dividend speculation.

In this video, Motley Fool contributor Jessica Alling discusses the basis of the speculation, how AIG's competitor MetLife (NYSE:MET) comes into play, and what investors should expect.

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