Even the U. S. government is getting in on the dividend-investing bandwagon, with Fifth Third Bancorp's (FITB) announcement that it paid its first dividend payment to the Treasury under the Treasury's Capital Purchase Program.

Individual investors continue to look for stocks that raise their dividends as a sign of strength. According to Jim Cramer, " Dividends have never been so important." Since earnings are hard to predict these days, he says dividends are a safer bet. In fact, the only trustworthy stocks are those that are raising or are likely to raise their dividends.

With this in mind, Stockpickr has reviewed the latest dividend declarations and compiled a list or recent dividend-increasers.

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