Updated from 7:03 a.m. EDTAccording to Standard & Poor's, in the second quarter of this year, there were more cutbacks in dividend payouts than there were for any other quarter in the last 20 years, with 17 of 20 financial stocks in the S&P 500 cutting their payouts during this year. Companies such as Citigroup ( C), Wachovia ( WB), National City ( NCC) and Washington Mutual ( WM) have slashed their dividends, and Grubb & Ellis ( GBE) has suspended its dividend. When stocks raise their dividend during this turmoil, it usually means the company is doing extremely well. Stockpickr has compiled a list of the stocks that increased their dividends last week. The portfolio includes CVS Caremark ( CVS - Get Report) and Walgreen ( WAG). To read the rest of the story and see the rest of the list of dividend-increasers, please click here.
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