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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
31.3% Industrials 19.5%
8.7% Emerson Electric Company EMR 10.4%
7.8% Republic Services Inc. RSG 34.7%
6.2% United Technologies Corporation UTX 16.5%
5.1% 3M Company MMM 19.5%
3.6% Honeywell International Inc. HON 13.7%
19.2% Consumer Discretionary 10.1%
9.0% Thomson Reuters Corp TRI 12.8%
4.8% Hasbro Inc. HAS 29.6%
4.4% V.F. Corp. VFC 16.5%
0.9% Leggett & Platt Incorporated LEG 8.3%
13.7% Materials 3.0%
7.0% Agrium Inc. AGU 8.0%
6.7% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 2.3%
12.5% Energy 3.1%
8.2% Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY 5.1%
4.2% Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 0.7%
8.5% Information Technology 32.5%
4.6% Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN 43.8%
3.9% Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP 19.1%
7.7% Utilities 7.8%
6.7% Eversource Energy (D/B/A) ES 6.9%
1.0% Atmos Energy Corporation ATO 14.2%
6.1% Health Care 23.6%
4.5% Merck & Company Inc. (new) MRK 24.2%
1.6% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 21.8%
1.0% Consumer Staples 13.7%
1.0% Procter & Gamble Company (The) PG 13.7%

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