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5 Good Dividend Stocks to Own in Any Market

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Admission tickets to the all-weather club aren’t cheap these days. Price-earnings ratios for companies such as Procter & Gamble (symbol PG)—the ultimate “safety” stock—are well above the average price-earnings ratio of 17 for Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. Yes, these companies pay plump dividends, and they can rumble through a rough patch in the economy without leaving a gaping hole in their earnings. But they aren’t growing much. And their stocks may have run so far—with P&G returning 28% in the past year, including dividends—that they may be wheezing as they try for further gains.

More compelling to us are companies with healthy sales, rising dividends and more potential to lift their bottom line. Along these lines, we found five compelling stocks, none of which looks excessively priced relative to its growth prospects. We can’t make any promises about how they’ll perform in the near term. But their businesses look sturdy, making the stocks solid bets to weather a downturn in the economy and rebound when it passes.

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