Last week, there were more than half a dozen dividend reductions or eliminations from companies across various industries, including retail, tech, shipping, oil, real estate, finance and insurance.

Jim Cramer has advised investors in these difficult economic times to focus on

dividend-paying stocks

,

telling "Mad Money" viewers in October

that buying "non-dividend-paying stocks is just a leap of faith."

Fortunately, there were plenty of companies doing well to increase their dividends last week, too. Stockpickr has reviewed these companies and compiled a portfolio of the

top dividend-increasers

.

To read more,

visit Stockpickr.com

.

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