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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
31.8% Industrials 23.2%
8.4% Emerson Electric Company EMR 15.4%
7.6% Republic Services Inc. RSG 31.6%
6.5% United Technologies Corporation UTX 23.4%
5.5% 3M Company MMM 27.1%
3.7% Honeywell International Inc. HON 17.7%
20.1% Consumer Discretionary 13.8%
9.4% Thomson Reuters Corp TRI 15.7%
5.3% Hasbro Inc. HAS 32.7%
4.5% V.F. Corp. VFC 10.9%
0.9% Leggett & Platt Incorporated LEG 7.3%
13.5% Materials 2.2%
6.8% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 2.6%
6.7% Agrium Inc. AGU 1.9%
11.6% Energy 14.8%
7.5% Occidental Petroleum Corporation OXY 18.8%
4.1% Exxon Mobil Corporation XOM 7.4%
8.1% Information Technology 24.9%
4.4% Texas Instruments Incorporated TXN 30.6%
3.7% Automatic Data Processing Inc. ADP 18.1%
7.8% Utilities 14.0%
6.8% Eversource Energy (D/B/A) ES 14.3%
1.0% Atmos Energy Corporation ATO 12.2%
6.2% Health Care 18.4%
4.5% Merck & Company Inc. (new) MRK 18.2%
1.6% Johnson & Johnson JNJ 19.0%
1.0% Consumer Staples 9.9%
1.0% Procter & Gamble Company (The) PG 9.9%

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