Dividend checks continue to get fatter in corporate America, as more companies jack up their distribution rates.
Let's take a closer look at some of the companies that inched their payouts higher this past week.
Let's start with PotashCorp (NYS: POT) . The fertilizer giant is making sure that it's providing a bountiful harvest for its shareholders. PotashCorp is doubling its quarterly dividend to $0.14 a share. The news came a day before PotashCorp posted disappointing quarterly results, but it's still making more than enough to cover its fortified distributions.
Atlas Pipeline Partners (NYS: APL) is another gusher. The limited partnership active in the gathering and processing segments of the midstream natural gas industry is bumping its quarterly disbursements 2% higher to $0.55 a share. The move finds Atlas Pipeline Partners yielding nearly 5.9%.
Norfolk Southern (NYS: NSC) is also working its "I think I can" chugging magic on its disbursements. The railroad operator's new quarterly rate of $0.47 a share is a 9% improvement. Railroads may be a cyclical industry, but Norfolk Southern has come through with 118 consecutive quarterly dividend checks.
Finally we have Eaton (NYS: ETN) eating up its old distribution rate. The diversified industrial manufacturer's new quarterly payouts are climbing 12% to $0.38 a share. Eaton is upbeat about its near-term outlook, seeing another year of record operating profits on a modest 4% uptick in revenue.
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