(Updated with stock prices.)
By Fred Fuld
There are basically two ways for a stock owner to make money: through the capital appreciation of the share price and through the dividend payout.
For investors who are after the dividend portion of the return, dividend-increasing stocks have a lot of appeal. But according to a report by Standard & Poor's, there has been a
recession lately in stocks increasing their dividends
. Of the approximately 7,000 publicly owned dividend-paying companies, only 233, a record low, increased their payouts during the second quarter of 2009, a 48.8% plummet from the 455 increasers in the same quarter in 2008.
In addition, according to S&P Senior Index Analyst Howard Silverblatt, dividend increases are at a record high, an, he says, it's "not a good time for dividend investors."
With this in mind, Stockpickr scoured the recent dividend declarations to find what
, a list that includes
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