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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
28.1% Energy & Utilities 27.4%
4.9% Atmos Energy Corporation ATO 51.1%
4.7% Chevron Corp. CVX 21.3%
4.6% Republic Services Inc. RSG 29.6%
4.6% Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 20.5%
4.2% Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY 14.7%
3.2% OGE Energy Corporation OGE 17.9%
1.8% Pinnacle West Capital Corporation PNW 37.1%
25.7% Industrials & Transportation 16.9%
9.3% 3M Company MMM 24.1%
6.1% Emerson Electric Company EMR 14.6%
3.9% Cummins Inc. CMI 1.0%
3.3% DuPont DD 24.5%
3.1% Norfolk Southern Corp. NSC 14.4%
21.2% Technology & Telecom 22.2%
5.8% Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN 38.8%
3.5% Analog Devices Inc. ADI 7.7%
3.4% Xilinx Inc. XLNX 24.4%
2.9% Qualcomm Inc. QCOM 1.7%
2.9% Maxim Integrated Products Inc. MXIM 18.7%
2.7% Microsoft Corporation MSFT 28.6%
13.3% Consumer Products & Services 17.2%
3.8% Target Corporation TGT 1.0%
3.6% Mattel Inc. MAT 50.5%
3.1% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 6.5%
2.8% Procter & Gamble Company (The) PG 11.0%
7.5% Healthcare 22.3%
4.9% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 30.9%
2.6% Merck & Company Inc. (new) MRK 6.3%
4.2% Basic Materials 18.2%
4.2% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 18.2%

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