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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
31.4% Industrials 16.3%
8.4% Emerson Electric Company EMR 10.2%
7.7% Republic Services Inc. RSG 28.3%
6.3% United Technologies Corporation UTX 8.2%
5.3% 3M Company MMM 15.8%
3.8% Honeywell International Inc. HON 19.8%
19.8% Consumer Discretionary 11.3%
9.3% Thomson Reuters Corp TRI 13.0%
5.1% V.F. Corp. VFC 0.7%
4.6% Hasbro Inc. HAS 23.3%
0.8% Leggett & Platt Incorporated LEG 8.5%
14.0% Materials 3.7%
7.1% Agrium Inc. AGU 10.9%
7.0% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 3.6%
11.4% Energy 17.2%
7.5% Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY 20.5%
3.9% Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 11.0%
8.3% Information Technology 18.0%
4.5% Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN 17.0%
3.8% Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP 19.2%
8.0% Utilities 14.6%
6.9% Eversource Energy (D/B/A) ES 14.1%
1.1% Atmos Energy Corporation ATO 17.7%
5.9% Health Care 3.7%
4.3% Merck & Company Inc. (new) MRK 0.1%
1.6% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 13.2%
1.0% Consumer Staples 8.6%
1.0% Procter & Gamble Company (The) PG 8.6%

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