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Dividend Stocks for the Week

These companies recently raised their dividends.

Updated from 8:07 a.m. EDT, March 17

If a stock has raised its dividend regularly over many years, that means it's a good buy, right?

Not necessarily. According to


Gary Dvorchak, long-term dividend performance is not what matters right now, "

since those records were built mostly during good times

." Rather, he likes the companies that are currently raising dividends, in the midst of a bad recession.

Every week, Stockpickr reviews the recent dividend declarations and compiles a portfolio of the

top dividend-raisers

for the previous week. This week's portfolio includes such stocks as

Piedmont Natural Gas


, yielding 4.5%, and

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Franklin Resources

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, yielding 1.8%.

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