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Earnings Season Brings Dividend Increases. Think PepsiCo, Apple, and IBM.

Lawrence C. Strauss

It’s the height of earnings season, and it was a busy week for dividend announcements as well. Before the opening bell on Friday, Paychex said its board had declared a quarterly dividend of 62 cents a share, up from 56 cents, for an increase of nearly 11%. Shares of Paychex, a human-resources services company whose businesses include payroll processing, have a one-year return of nearly 40%.