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It seems that ever so many years the market turns down and someone declares the death of buy-and-hold. Some even go as far to say that Warren Buffett has lost his touch. With time on their side, the buy-and-hold investors and Mr. Buffett always seem to make a spectacular rebound. As long-term dividend investors our focus should be on acquiring fundamentally sound dividend growth stocks at a reasonable valuation and maintaining our asset allocation.

This week several companies provided their shareholders positive feedback with increased cash dividends:

Casey’s (NASDAQ:CASY) has over 1,500 convenience stores in the Midwest, selling food, beverage, health and automotive products. September 7th the company increased its quarterly dividend 35% to $0.135/share. CASY is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 11 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 1.26%.

R.G. Barry Corporation (NASDAQ:DFZ) designs, purchases from third party contract manufacturers, markets and distributes comfort footwear for men, women and children. September 7th the company raised its quarterly dividend 40% to $0.07/share. The dividend is payable October 4, 2010 to common shareholders of record on September 20, 2010. The ex-dividend date is September 16, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 2.46%.

Frisch’s Restaurants (NYSEMKT:FRS) operates 91 family restaurants under the name Frisch’s Big Boy, and operates 35 Golden Corral grill buffet restaurants. September 8th the company raised its quarterly dividend 15% to $0.15/share. The dividend is payable October 8, 2010 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 20, 2010. The ex-dividend date is September 16, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 3.03%.

Flexsteel Industries (NASDAQ:FLXS) manufactures, imports, and markets residential, recreational vehicle, and commercial upholstered and wooden furniture products in the United States. September 9th the company increased its quarterly dividend 50% to $0.075/share. The dividend is payable October 1, 2010 to shareholders of record as of September 20, 2010. The ex-dividend date is September 16, 2010. The yield based on the new payout is 2.08%.

Brady Corp (NYSE:BRC) is an international manufacturer and marketer of solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people. September 9th the company raised its quarterly dividend 2.9% to $0.18/share. A quarterly dividend will be paid on October 29, 2010, to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 8, 2010. BRC is a Dividend Achiever and has raised its dividend for 25 consecutive years. The yield based on the new payout is 2.64%.

Selecting stocks with increasing dividends is critical for an income growth strategy. The above list contains stocks that recently raised their dividends; it is not a list of recommend buys. As always, due diligence should be performed before buying or selling any stock.

Full Disclosure: No position in the aforementioned securities. See a list of all my income holdings here.

Source: 5 Dividend Stocks Giving Positive Feedback