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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
28.8% Energy & Utilities 9.0%
5.1% Chevron Corp. CVX 3.9%
4.8% Atmos Energy Corp. ATO 33.3%
4.8% Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM 3.8%
4.6% Occidental Petroleum Corp OXY 0.8%
4.5% Republic Services Inc RSG 20.7%
3.2% OGE Energy Corp. OGE 7.0%
1.7% Pinnacle West Capital Corp. PNW 19.5%
26.4% Industrials & Transportation 1.5%
9.4% 3M Co MMM 9.3%
6.4% Emerson Electric Co. EMR 3.3%
4.0% Cummins Inc. CMI 12.7%
3.4% DuPont DD 8.1%
3.2% Norfolk Southern Corp. NSC 8.2%
19.3% Technology & Telecom 2.0%
5.0% Texas Instruments Inc. TXN 9.6%
3.3% Analog Devices Inc. ADI 5.2%
3.2% Xilinx Inc. XLNX 2.5%
2.7% Maxim Integrated Products Inc. MXIM 16.2%
2.6% Qualcomm Inc. QCOM 21.4%
2.5% Microsoft Corporation MSFT 4.5%
13.7% Consumer Products & Services 5.2%
4.2% Target Corp TGT 6.2%
3.7% Mattel Inc MAT 17.0%
3.0% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 8.9%
2.8% Procter & Gamble Co. PG 3.3%
7.4% Healthcare 8.7%
4.7% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 15.4%
2.6% Merck & Co. Inc MRK 3.4%
4.4% Basic Materials 0.2%
4.4% Air Products & Chemicals Inc. APD 0.2%

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