BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Dividend-paying companies took a mini-break from hiking their payouts to shareholders last week.
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Retail leviathan Wal-Mart ( WMT) hasn't seen its growth machine stop chugging along even as its competitors have fought tooth and nail to maintain thin retail margins.
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2010 has been kind to General Dynamics ( GD). Since the first trading day of the year, shares of the defense stock have appreciated more than 8% thanks in large part to strong earnings numbers and a diversified number of private sector offerings.
California-based self-storage REIT Public Storage ( PSA) announced an impressive 18.2% dividend increase last week, increasing its shareholder payback to 65 cents per share and prompting an intra-week rally in the company's stock price.
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