SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

September 12, 2011 08:16 ET

Hefty Dividends From General Electric and Procter & Gamble a Safe Haven During Market Unrest

The Bedford Report Provides Investment Research on General Electric and Procter & Gamble

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 12, 2011) - With the VIX volatility index pushing towards record levels over the last month, long term investors have turned their attention to safe haven plays. Investors usually count on dividend paying stocks during hectic times in the market believing in the company's security and real earnings power. Additionally, when interest rates get as low as they currently are, the return on dividends can far exceed that of bonds. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for large cap dividend paying companies and provides equity research on General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) & Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE: PG). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

In recent quarters General Electric has made efforts to restore its quarterly payout following a dramatic cut during the recession. CEO Jeffrey Immelt called the company's first dividend cut since 1938 a "black swan event" and is confident in the company's growth plan. "Through all the volatility, we still focused on some big things and, I think, got them right," Immelt said. Immelt has pushed an international expansion that now brings nearly 60 percent of sales from overseas, up from 35 percent when he started four days before the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks.

Presently General Electric pays an annual dividend of sixty cents a share for a yield of around 3.9 percent.

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Procter & Gamble is presently paying an annual dividend of $2.10 a share for a hefty yield of around 3.4 percent. The company's CFO Jon Moeller told Wall Street analysts last week that P&G is evaluating its restructuring options. The world's largest household products maker posted a bigger-than-expected rise in fourth-quarter profit last month, aided by cost cuts, some early price increases and, analysts said, a better-than-anticipated tax rate.

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