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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
29.9% Industrials 31.9%
8.4% Emerson Electric Company EMR 37.1%
7.1% Republic Services Inc. RSG 33.8%
6.2% United Technologies Corporation UTX 27.4%
4.8% 3M Company MMM 31.3%
3.4% Honeywell International Inc. HON 24.3%
18.9% Consumer Discretionary 21.6%
9.4% Thomson Reuters Corp TRI 32.8%
4.4% V.F. Corp. VFC 7.1%
4.2% Hasbro Inc. HAS 25.5%
0.9% Leggett & Platt Incorporated LEG 26.8%
15.1% Materials 28.6%
7.9% Agrium Inc. AGU 31.3%
7.2% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 25.7%
13.7% Energy 18.8%
9.1% Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY 19.2%
4.6% Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 18.2%
8.2% Information Technology 46.4%
4.3% Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN 54.6%
3.9% Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP 37.5%
7.3% Utilities 13.1%
6.3% Eversource Energy (D/B/A) ES 11.4%
1.0% Atmos Energy Corporation ATO 24.2%
5.9% Health Care 25.6%
4.4% Merck & Company Inc. (new) MRK 27.0%
1.5% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 21.5%
1.0% Consumer Staples 14.4%
1.0% Procter & Gamble Company (The) PG 14.4%

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