Stock dividends continue to be a major enticement for investors. Many retail investors prize dividend payments and the steady income they provide, particularly in retirement. Also, people like the reliable return on capital they receive from dividends. This is especially true with markets remaining volatile and stock prices rising and falling along with interest rates and bond yields this year.
Companies recognize this fact, and many continue to make it a priority to steadily and reliably increase their dividend payouts to shareholders. Several well-known companies have hiked their dividends in recent months on the back of strong financial results and growing cash flow positions.
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