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It's not just the American public that likes dividends. Even the U.S. government is getting in on the act. JPMorgan ( JPM) recently repaid the $25 billion in TARP funds it had received, after it had already dished out $795.1 million in dividends to the government.

A sign of strength in a stock is a dividend increase. David Peltier of the Dividend Stock Advisor has said that after such a rough 2008, which saw companies cutting dividends, he's looking for companies that have proven themselves with regular dividend increases and the cash to cover the payouts.

Stockpickr has reviewed the recent dividend declarations and compiled a portfolio of the top dividend-raisers for the week.

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