Dividend stocks are on track to hit record payout levels this year.
Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL), Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) are among the companies reporting the highest increases in their payouts to shareholders.
But they’re not alone.
Net dividend increases on U.S. common stocks for the second quarter are up $17.6 billion over the same time last year.
Amid the increasing demand for yield, more companies are initiating, resuming or boosting dividend payments.
Here are the top 10 stocks with increases in dividend payments in the first half of 2013. (more)