Dover, Simon Property Group, and Papa John’s International were among the many U.S. companies that announced dividend increases this week.

Manufacturing company Dover (ticker: DOV) plans to boost its quarterly payout to 50 cents a share, up by half a cent, or 1%. The stock, which yields 1.2%, has returned about 35% this year, dividends included, through Aug. 5, compared with 19% for the S&P 500.

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