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Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- On today's "Insight & Action," Adam Johnson looks at dividends on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)

Lex corporate america is sharing a little holiday cheer in time for christmas.

Time for a little "insight and action." corporate america upping the dividend payout -- knowing, pfizer, 3m -- this is all in the past 24 hours.

Earlier this morning, 3m said they would up their dividend and other orderly dividend will be $.86, pfizer now 3.4. merry christmas from corporate america.

The question is, since these guys have done it already, who is next?

As it turns out, there's a whole team at bloomberg that tries to figure out which companies will be upping their dividend and then they try to figure out the amount by which they up their dividend.

There is a lot that goes into doing this.

There are seven key factors from company guidance to regression analysis on what has happened before.

This group tracks 7000 companies.

Here is the key -- they are accurate 88% of the time.

So you want to pay attention when they say something likely to happen.

Let me show you some of the companies the dividend forecast team expects will increase their dividends over the next several weeks.

Wisconsin energy, on december 19, currently three point eight percent.

The team at bloomberg expects an increase of four .2%. spectra energy, when you get out to january night, ford, look at williams in the middle of january.

This is according to the bloomberg forecast.

Going to post these on twitter.

But the point is this is a big deal.

Cash on the balance sheet of corporate america at an all-time high and they are sharing it with all of us.

This text has been automatically generated. It may not be 100% accurate.

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