BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- Last week was a comparatively quiet one for dividend stocks, particularly given the slew of investor payouts that capped off earnings season and Wall Street's record week for dividend payment boosts earlier this month. But the previous week still saw some big name increases -- including Staples (SPLS) and Applied Materials (AMAT) -- two companies that normally get no shortage of analyst attention.
Applied Materials ( AMAT) shareholders have been having a rough year.
Major regions of the U.S. have been enjoying unseasonably warm weather this week, a sign that spring is just around the corner. But while the thermostat rises, Lennox International ( LII) is sure to keep its cool.
Office supply giant Staples ( SPLS) delivered lackluster guidance at its fourth quarter earnings release earlier this month, perhaps its dividend increase last month was somewhat of an effort to assuage investor fears that 2010 won't be the banner year that it stood to be.
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