SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

September 23, 2011 08:16 ET

General Electric and 3M -- Steady Dividends in a Hectic Market

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on General Electric & 3M

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 23, 2011) - The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities 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:

Dividend paying companies are attracting a lot of attention right now. Investors usually count on dividend paying stocks during hectic times in the market believing in the company's security and real earnings power. 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.

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 3.7 percent.

3M currently pays an annual dividend of $2.20 a share for a yield of 2.8 percent. 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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