3 Stocks With Ever-Increasing Dividends

NEW YORK ( Stockpickr) -- Over the past few years, companies have begun to pay a lot more attention to their dividends. The move to faster-rising payouts can be viewed cynically: Companies have simply run out of growth opportunities and don't have any better uses for cash these days.

But the more optimistic view likely holds more merit: Companies are now so profitable that they can afford to invest in future growth initiatives and still have plenty of money left over for dividend boosts.

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Here are three companies that look positioned to take their already-respectable dividends to new heights in coming years.

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