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The Bedford Report

April 05, 2011 08:16 ET

Steady Profits Keep GE and MMM's Dividends Growing

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on General Electric and 3M

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - With the markets showing continued signs of volatility, investors are looking for safe havens. Dividend paying stocks traditionally get attention during hectic times in the market as investors are more likely to believe in the company's security and real earnings power. Conglomerates are known for paying steady dividends; however during the financial meltdown most had substantially reduced their dividend payments. While many conglomerates have started boosting dividend payments, others do not appear ready to increase shareholder return. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Conglomerates Industry and provides research reports on General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) & 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-04-GE

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-04-MMM

In the most recent quarter 3M hiked its dividend 5 percent, and now the company pays an annual dividend of $2.20 for a yield of approximately 2.4 percent. The company's board also authorized the repurchase of up to $7 billion of outstanding common shares, replacing its existing share repurchase program.

GE pays an annual dividend of 56 cents for a yield of about 2.9 percent. Although the dividend is not even close to pre-recession levels, GE has boosted its dividend in recent quarters. The company's 2009 dividend cut was the company's first in more than seventy years, with CEO Jeffrey Immelt calling it "the toughest decision (he) ever had to make as CEO."

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General Electric and other conglomerates will likely be the subject of renewed efforts to reform corporate tax codes after a report from the New York Times claims that General Electric paid no income taxes in 2010. President Obama has said that he wants to reform taxes by lowering corporate tax rates to avoid hurting revenues but eliminating as many tax loopholes as possible.

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