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Dividends: U.S. Deeper in Recessionary Territory

binder Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 10:09 PM
The fearful leader Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction to kill Americans in 2003. The Americans came to Iraq, putting themselves in close proximity to these WMD. Saddam, scared that his public image would be tarnished (don't all evil despots!), banished his WMD to a far-away place called Syria. These weapons, unbeknown to Saddam completely degraded over the next few months. Saddam was found in a hole. When the Iraqis stand down, the Americans can stand up. No.... IT IS, when the Iraqis, stand up the Americans can stand down. Hoorah! And then the Iraqis grant all oil concessions to the Red Chinese because the Chinese have been saving their money not liberating people.

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...