Top Dividend Plays of the Week - TheStreet

Updated from 9:04 a.m EDT

If there is an economic slowdown, you wouldn't know if from the number of stocks that increased their dividends last week, nor from the huge percentage gains in payout rates.

Ten of the stocks had dividend increases in excess of 10%, and half a dozen had raises of 20% or greater. This week's portfolio includes

Burlington Northern Santa Fe

(BNI)

and

Steris

(STE) - Get Report

.

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