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How Safe Are Marathon Oil’s Dividends?

Published Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:26:48 GMT on The Motley Fool

Whether you’re a beginning investor or a near-retiree, the importance of purchasing stocks that pay dividends cannot be overstated. Not only do companies that have quarterly or annual payouts provide you with a steady stream of income, they also have the potential for capital appreciation. Simply put, dividend stocks can you give your portfolio what almost no other investment can -- both income and growth. At The Motley Fool, we’re avid fans of dividends -- and not just because we like that steady stream of cash. Studies have shown that from 1972 to 2006, stocks in the S&P 500 that don’t pay dividends have earned an average annual return of 4.1%; dividend stocks, however, have averaged a whopping 10.1% per year. That is an incredible difference -- one that you’d be crazy to not take advantage of!... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
EXXON MOBIL 71.98   17.3 4.15 3.48 4.83
CHEVRON 121.42   15.7 7.72 4.76 3.91
CONOCOPHILLIPS 56.35   9.1 6.20 1.22 2.17
MARATHON OIL 12.58   10.7 1.18 0.20 1.56


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