NEW YORK ( Stockpickr) -- Over the past few years, companies have begun to pay a lot more attention to their dividends. The move to faster-rising payouts can be viewed cynically: Companies have simply run out of growth opportunities and don't have any better uses for cash these days.
But the more optimistic view likely holds more merit: Companies are now so profitable that they can afford to invest in future growth initiatives and still have plenty of money left over for dividend boosts.
Here are three companies that look positioned to take their already-respectable dividends to new heights in coming years.
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