Of the 180 S&P 500 firms that have raised dividends by more than 9% over the past year, just...

|By:, SA News Editor

Of the 180 S&P 500 firms that have raised dividends by more than 9% over the past year, just half have outperformed the index, which is up 5%. A look at the top 20 companies with some of the largest increases in dividends highlights the almost total lack of correlation between payouts and share price performance.