BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Ten companies announced dividend increases last week, a big jump from last week's numbers as firms capitalize on news-heavy earnings season to announce bigger shareholder payouts.
Alliant Energy ( LNT) is one of the energy stocks that raised its dividends last week.
CVS Caremark ( CVS) also made a showing on this week's dividend list of dividend increasers.
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Canadian communications giant Shaw Communications ( SJB) also hiked its payouts last week, increasing dividends 4.7% to 7.33 cents per share.