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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
31.9% Industrials 25.0%
8.7% Emerson Electric Company EMR 21.4%
7.6% Republic Services Inc. RSG 32.9%
6.7% United Technologies Corporation UTX 26.0%
5.2% 3M Company MMM 22.5%
3.7% Honeywell International Inc. HON 19.4%
19.0% Consumer Discretionary 8.0%
8.8% Thomson Reuters Corp TRI 9.6%
4.9% Hasbro Inc. HAS 22.1%
4.3% V.F. Corp. VFC 11.5%
0.9% Leggett & Platt Incorporated LEG 8.1%
13.8% Materials 5.1%
6.9% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 3.8%
6.8% Agrium Inc. AGU 6.5%
12.1% Energy 11.8%
7.9% Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY 15.6%
4.2% Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 4.8%
8.2% Information Technology 30.9%
4.5% Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN 40.3%
3.7% Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP 19.4%
7.9% Utilities 16.0%
6.8% Eversource Energy (D/B/A) ES 15.9%
1.1% Atmos Energy Corporation ATO 16.8%
6.1% Health Care 19.0%
4.5% Merck & Company Inc. (new) MRK 20.2%
1.6% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 15.8%
1.0% Consumer Staples 10.9%
1.0% Procter & Gamble Company (The) PG 10.9%

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