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Top 10 Dividend Stocks of the Week

Sizable increases in dividend payments portend well for these names.

One of the surest signs of a solid company is a dividend increase. When a company raises its dividend, it's showing prospective investors that it has confidence in the future growth of its earnings.

Stockpickr.com has reviewed the list of dividend-raisers for last week and extracted from that list the stocks with the

biggest dividend increases

on a percentage basis.

At the top of the list is

American Woodmark

(AMWD) - Get American Woodmark Corporation Report

, which makes and markets kitchen cabinets and vanities under the American Woodmark, Timberlake, Shenandoah Cabinetry and Potomac brand names. This Winchester, Va.-based company last week raised its quarterly dividend by 50% to 9 cents a share.

American Woodmark also announced a $100 million share-buyback program, and Robert W. Baird upgraded the stock from neutral to outperform. The stock has a

price-to-earnings ratio of 19, a P/E-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 2 and a yield of 0.9%.

American Woodwork also appears in the

Top Free Cash Flow Stocks

, a Stockpickr portfolio that includes stocks with low price/free cash flow ratios with strong long-term projected growth. Another stock that appears in the portfolio is

Acxiom

(ACXM)

. Shares of this customer- and information-management-technology solutions company offer a P/E of 48.8 and a yield of 1%.

BHP Billiton

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, an Australia-based mining, oil and gas company, also just significantly increased its dividend -- by 46% to 27 cents a share. BHP also recently increased its buyback program. The company reported a 41% year-over-year increase in earnings on a 21.7% revenue increase in its latest quarterly report. The stock has a P/E of 15, a PEG of 4.2 and a yield of 1.8%.

BHP is one of the picks of

Ken Fisher

, an investor who manages $30 billion in assets and writes a column for

Forbes

. Fisher also holds

Siemens AG

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, a Germany-based electronics and electrical engineering conglomerate that sports a P/E of 22, a PEG of 2.3 and a yield of 1.2%.

Another Fisher favorite is

Transocean

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, the offshore contract driller of oil and gas wells. Transocean, which Jim Cramer also owns for his

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charitable trust, offers a P/E of 15 and a PEG of 0.3.

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One more stock on the top 10 dividend raiser list is

Wachovia

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. The Charlotte, N.C.-based bank increased its quarterly dividend by 14% to 64 cents a share. It recently reported a 24% year-over-year increase in quarterly earnings on an 18% increase in revenue. The stock has a P/E of 10, a PEG of 1.1 and a yield of 5.2%.

Wachovia is owned by the five-star Morningstar-rated

Goldman Sachs Large-Cap Value Institutional

(GSLIX) fund, which has generated an average annual return of nearly 18% for the last three years. This fund also owns

Exxon Mobil

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, which offers a yield of 1.7%;

Entergy

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, which yields 2.9%; and

Citigroup

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, which yields 4.5%.

For the rest of the names, check out the

Top 10 Dividend-Raisers for the Week

at Stockpickr.com.

Please note that due to factors including low market capitalization and/or insufficient public float, we consider American Woodmark to be a small-cap stock. You should be aware that such stocks are subject to more risk than stocks of larger companies, including greater volatility, lower liquidity and less publicly available information, and that postings such as this one can have an effect on their stock prices.

At the time of publication, Altucher and/or his fund had no positions in stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time.

James Altucher is president of Stockpickr LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of TheStreet.com and part of its network of Web properties, and a managing partner at Formula Capital, an alternative asset management firm that runs a fund of hedge funds. He is also a weekly columnist for

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and the author of

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,

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and

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. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks. Altucher appreciates your feedback;

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