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Dividends: U.S. Deeper in Recessionary Territory

pattibaby Wrote: Nov 11, 2012 1:56 PM
patti's notes: you people chose him,won't do any better in these next four years,as he likes the lime life and luxury,won't spend much time in oval office,and besided,he may be impeached for cover up with lybia. pl,orl,fla

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...