Why not? Merger synergies are going to start showing up in the bottom line soon, so I'd think we'll see a dividend increase sooner rather than later. Maybe not this year, but it could happen in 2013. It would certainly be an additional catalyst for the stock price too.
It was a good sign when it finally broke resistance at 46.50. There's another resistance at 48. If it breaks that on high volume then further big moves up are quite possible. A dividend increase would be a nice trigger for upside action.
Well it broke through that resistance at 48 to hit a new 52 week high. Nice! Next resistance is up around 53.50. I wonder what the chances of a dividend hike are? That would certainly add some fuel to the fire.