Diary of a Dividend Diva: Sifting Through the Payout Boosts

Continuing our theme of looking at dividends during the heart of dividend-payment season, we also need to consider companies that are raising their payouts. A dividend alone creates a natural floor for stocks in rough times, but rising dividends signal management's confidence in the outlook for the business, such that the total return on the stock could be substantially more than the income. A number of studies have shown the attractiveness of dividend-growth stocks as an asset "subclass." 

Despite the sluggish economy, a handful of companies have raised their dividends materially over the past year. The table below lists the largest increases. ...175 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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