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Dividends: U.S. Deeper in Recessionary Territory

binder Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 9:27 PM
The War in Iraq was a liberal social-engineering project, costed like $12 billion/month. The cost per American is $40/month for the past eight years. If you had actually been paying this bill from the get-go, your attitude would have been to 'cut and run' faster than Cindy Sheehan. It's time to stop the 'drama queening' and if you think we should have been in Iraq, and 'Operation Enduring Freedom' has national security value, then PAY for it!

As promised, we're updating our chart showing the number of publicly-traded companies that have acted to decrease their dividends through the end of October 2012 - providing what might perhaps be the simplest and best near-real time picture of the state of the health of the U.S. economy (our thanks to S&P for the updated data - that was quick service!).

In October 2012, S&P recorded that some 2,471 publicly-traded companies making declarations regarding their dividends, with 165 announcing dividend increases and 26 announcing they would cut their dividends.

To put...