Several companies increased their dividends in the past week, signaling that their businesses are still strong and growing. A couple of names even increased their dividends by 40% or more.

Stockpickr has reviewed the entire list of dividend-raisers and narrowed down the list to the stocks with the greatest dividend increases in the

Top Dividend Increases for the Week

portfolio.

One of the names on this week's list is

DuPont

(DD) - Get Report

. The biotech and electronics conglomerate increased its quarterly dividend by 11% to 41 cents a share. It has paid 413 consecutive quarterly dividends since 1904. The company, which recently announced a nanotechnology alliance with Morph Technologies, Integran Technologies and PowerMetal Technologies, offers a

price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 13, a P/E-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 2 and a yield of 3.4%.

DuPont is part of the

Cramer's AG Stock Picks

portfolio, which contains the agriculture-related stocks that Jim Cramer likes. Other stocks in the portfolio include

Bunge

(BG) - Get Report

, a fertilizer company that pays a small yield of 0.6%, and

Deere

(DE) - Get Report

, a farm equipment company with a yield of 1.4%.

Another dividend-raiser is broadband cable TV company

Shaw Communications

(SJR) - Get Report

, which increased its equivalent annual dividend by 9%. These increases came in spite of the fact that the company reported a 55% drop in earnings for the latest quarter. The stock has a P/E of 25, a PEG of nearly 1 and a yield of 2.5%.

Shaw is listed in

Cable TV Stocks

, a Stockpickr portfolio that also includes

Comcast

(CMCSA) - Get Report

and

Viacom

(VIA.B)

, neither of which, however, pay a dividend.

Goodrich

( GR) boosted its dividend by 12.5% to 22.5 cents a share. The company just reported a 26% increase in earnings for the latest quarter, primarily due to the increase in sales in its defense division and in its aircraft equipment division. This was on a 14.8% increase in sales. Goodrich has a P/E of 21, a PEG of 1.2 and generates a yield of 1.3%.

Goodrich is owned by the

Diversified Mid-Cap Value

(DVMVX), a Morningstar-rated four-star fund that also owns shares of

Questar

(STR)

, with a yield of 0.9%, and

Textron

(TXT) - Get Report

, which offers a yield of 1.4%.

To see the rest of this week's list, check out the

Top Dividend Increases for the Week

portfolio at Stockpickr.com.

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