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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
16.2% Utilities 15.1%
7.9% NextEra Energy Inc. NEE 17.0%
4.7% 8xxxx 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
3.6% 8xx 8xxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%
14.0% Consumer Staples 0.6%
6.0% 8xxxxxx 8 8xxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxxx 8x 88.8%
4.8% 8xxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
3.3% 8xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
13.6% Materials 8.7%
7.0% Air Products and Chemicals Inc. APD 2.3%
6.6% 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
13.5% Energy 6.5%
5.4% 8xxxxxx 8xxxx 8xx 88.8%
5.3% 8xxxx 8xxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
2.8% 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
12.6% Industrials 16.8%
6.7% 8xxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
5.8% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
12.1% Information Technology 12.9%
5.3% 8xxxx 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
4.2% 8xxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxx 8xxx 88.8%
2.6% 8xxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxxx 8xx 88.8%
7.8% Health Care 20.3%
7.8% Medtronic plc. MDT 20.3%
6.7% Consumer Discretionary 12.0%
3.9% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxx 8xxxx 8 8xxxxx 8xxxx 8xxxx 88.8%
2.8% 8xxx 8xxxx 8xx 88.8%
3.6% Real Estate 11.2%
3.6% 8xxxxx 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxx 8xx 88.8%

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