SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

January 23, 2012 08:20 ET

3M and Microsoft -- Steady Dividends for a Hectic Market

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on 3M and Microsoft

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 23, 2012) - Dow Jones Industrial Average component companies are becoming a popular destination for dividend investors. Presently, nine of the 10 largest dividend distributions in the U.S. market -- by total estimated payout -- are DJIA component companies. According to a recent survey conducted by Dow Jones Indexes, the 30 companies making up the Dow Jones Industrial Average are expected to increase their annual dividend payouts by more than 12 percent in 2012. The Paragon Report examines the outlook for blue chip dividend paying companies and provides equity research on 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) & Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Microsoft presently pays an annual dividend of 80 cents for a yield of around 2.8 percent. The company navigated a weak PC market to post flat earnings in the final quarter of 2011, boosting sales of servers, Xbox games and its Office productivity software while trimming losses at its Bing search engine.

Last week Microsoft announced net income in the company's second quarter came to $6.62 billion, down slightly from the $6.63 billion a year ago. Microsoft is now looking ahead to the release of Windows 8, an operating system that should work similarly over PCs and tablet computers.

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3M presently pays an annual dividend of $2.20 for a yield of around 2.6 percent. Last week the company announced a strategic business alliance with FiberZone Networks, the leading provider of Automated Fiber Management (AFM) solutions, to bring its AFM system to the data center market.

"The FiberZone Networks AFM system uniquely addresses an emerging issue in data center infrastructure management and is a perfect complement to our own growing portfolio of solutions for data centers," said Gordon Wiegand, 3M Communication Markets Division business development manager.

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