The market continues its nervous trade, as jitters over the debt-ceiling drama in Washington, along with an array of mixed economic data, continues prodding both bulls and bears. Many investors are looking to earnings season to provide a sign of what’s in store for stocks over the next several months, and this week we witnessed the beginning of that season with encouraging results from Dow components Alcoa (NYSE: AA), JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) and widely held tech giant Google (NASDAQ: GOOG).
Income investors will be watching earnings season closely, as many stalwart dividend stocks are likely to increase their payouts to shareholders if earnings are sound. Well, this week, many companies decided not to wait for earnings to come out before announcing boosts to their shareholders.
Here are six companies increasing dividends this week.