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Investors had a banner year in 2013 - especially those holding dividend stocks.
For all of 2013, dividend increases totaled a hefty $56.7 billion. That's up from $50.2 billion in 2011.
Among the 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks, 14 dividend-paying stocks boosted their payouts in 2013: AT&T Inc. (NTSE: T), The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM), Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), United Tech. Corp. (NYSE: UTX), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V).