With all of the talk in the news of companies cutting dividends it sure is nice to run across an article written by Greg Donaldson of Donaldson Capital Management about companies that are increasing dividends due to increased earnings and stability. The companies include the likes of Coke (KO) Sysco (SYY) Abbott Labs (ABT) and FPL Group (FPL) all in industries where consumers spend regardless of the economy such as pharmaceuticals food energy and utilities. As frequent readers know I like to quote my dad a wise investor himself. While utilities have certainly not been star performers lately one of his favorite sayings was “The last thing to go out are the lights.” How true is this even when consumers stop buying Cokes? With the market having suffered more losses over the past 5 days it is more important than ever to seek quality companies whose products consumers demand regardless of the economy.