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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
29.2% Industrials 26.1%
8.2% Emerson Electric Company EMR 25.0%
6.6% Republic Services Inc. RSG 26.6%
6.0% United Technologies Corporation UTX 21.1%
4.9% 3M Company MMM 30.8%
3.5% Honeywell International Inc. HON 29.7%
18.9% Consumer Discretionary 4.4%
9.0% Thomson Reuters Corp TRI 8.7%
4.8% V.F. Corp. VFC 14.9%
4.1% Hasbro Inc. HAS 13.5%
0.9% Leggett & Platt Incorporated LEG 22.0%
14.8% Materials 14.7%
7.7% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 21.8%
7.1% Agrium Inc. AGU 7.0%
14.5% Energy 14.5%
9.8% Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY 12.4%
4.7% Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 18.7%
7.6% Information Technology 35.6%
4.2% Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN 51.8%
3.5% Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP 15.9%
7.6% Utilities 19.2%
6.5% Eversource Energy (D/B/A) ES 16.7%
1.0% Atmos Energy Corporation ATO 35.0%
6.3% Health Care 33.7%
4.7% Merck & Company Inc. (new) MRK 33.5%
1.6% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 34.2%
1.1% Consumer Staples 27.3%
1.1% Procter & Gamble Company (The) PG 27.3%

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