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The Bedford Report

August 23, 2011 08:16 ET

Dividends From General Electric and 3M -- A Safe Haven Strategy

The Bedford Report Provides Investment Research on General Electric & 3M

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 23, 2011) - With the markets in the midst of a correction, investors are looking at high yielding dividend plays safe havens. During the financial meltdown, several conglomerates were forced to cut their hefty dividend payments; however, after posting improved profits in recent quarters, many industry heavyweights have begun returning more value to shareholders. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Conglomerates Industry and provides equity research on General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) & 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Prior to the second quarter, General Electric had raised its dividend in the three previous quarters as earnings have steadily improved following the recession. In the long-term, the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Jeff Immelt says the company aims to eventually return to its pre-recession tradition of predictable, annual increases in dividends.

General Electric slashed its dividend during the recession following catastrophic losses from its financial arm. While the payout has since been raised, it is still less than half of where it was before the crisis.

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Presently General Electric pays an annual dividend of sixty cents a share, for a respectable yield of around four percent.

3M currently pays an annual dividend of $2.20 a share for a yield of 2.9 percent. Last month the company said second-quarter profit rose 3.4 percent as slowing demand for films for LCD televisions dampened strong growth in its other businesses. Revenue rose 14 percent to a record $7.68 billion.

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