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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 23.5%
8.6% Emerson Electric Company EMR 27.9%
7.1% Republic Services Inc. RSG 30.4%
6.1% United Technologies Corporation UTX 19.5%
4.7% 3M Company MMM 15.3%
3.4% Honeywell International Inc. HON 16.0%
19.4% Consumer Discretionary 12.2%
9.3% Thomson Reuters Corp TRI 16.0%
4.8% V.F. Corp. VFC 8.7%
4.3% Hasbro Inc. HAS 27.0%
0.9% Leggett & Platt Incorporated LEG 13.0%
15.4% Materials 14.1%
8.0% Agrium Inc. AGU 13.7%
7.4% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 14.5%
13.8% Energy 11.7%
9.1% Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY 6.3%
4.7% Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 22.2%
7.9% Information Technology 22.9%
4.2% Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN 28.6%
3.7% Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP 16.5%
7.0% Utilities 8.7%
6.1% Eversource Energy (D/B/A) ES 7.1%
1.0% Atmos Energy Corporation ATO 19.1%
5.7% Health Care 14.9%
4.3% Merck & Company Inc. (new) MRK 16.1%
1.4% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 11.5%
1.0% Consumer Staples 11.8%
1.0% Procter & Gamble Company (The) PG 11.8%

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