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Paying Dividends—Even In A Downturn

Here’s the latest from the silver lining department: The recession wasn’t all bad. Well, at least not for everyone. While dividend payments from companies in the S&P 500 dropped by 20%, and loads of investors lost plenty of money[1], there were some positive performances. Some companies with low debt-to-equity ratios, an investment grade credit rating and cash flow that exceeded dividend payments, had no dividend cuts at all. This motif includes the stocks of companies meeting these criteria who appear to have the financial strength to continue paying dividends, even coming out of a recessionary environment. See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
31.1% Industrials 30.1%
9.1% Emerson Electric Company EMR 36.4%
7.5% Republic Services Inc. RSG 33.8%
6.2% United Technologies Corporation UTX 30.4%
4.8% 3M Company MMM 20.2%
3.5% Honeywell International Inc. HON 19.6%
19.3% Consumer Discretionary 19.8%
9.3% Thomson Reuters Corp TRI 27.1%
4.8% Hasbro Inc. HAS 38.9%
4.3% V.F. Corp. VFC 15.6%
0.9% Leggett & Platt Incorporated LEG 14.3%
14.5% Materials 19.3%
7.6% Agrium Inc. AGU 27.9%
6.9% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 9.7%
12.7% Energy 0.0%
8.5% Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY 2.0%
4.2% Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 3.9%
8.1% Information Technology 33.8%
4.3% Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN 45.7%
3.7% Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP 19.9%
7.2% Utilities 9.0%
6.3% Eversource Energy (D/B/A) ES 8.7%
1.0% Atmos Energy Corporation ATO 11.6%
6.1% Health Care 29.6%
4.6% Merck & Company Inc. (new) MRK 33.1%
1.5% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 18.5%
1.0% Consumer Staples 13.6%
1.0% Procter & Gamble Company (The) PG 13.6%

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