So far, the 4th quarter of 2011 is looking merry and bright.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 10.9%, despite all the bad news in Europe and lack of good news in the United States.

 

Today’s newsletter takes a look at some of the brightest stars in the 4th quarter.   We are not referring to companies that have had big moves in stock prices.  Since this is the season of giving, our focus is on companies that are giving back to shareholders in a meaningful way.

 

Read more to learn about 3 companies that have increased their dividend more than 10% in the 4th quarter of 2011.