Mon. Mar. 2, 2009

Federal Reserve To Urge Banks to Stop Paying Dividends *

Last Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that The Federal Reserve is urging Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) and dozens of banks getting bailout funds to put the money into new loans, bolster loss reserves and not to pay dividends to shareholders. It seems the message has been heard. JPMorgan (JPM), the second-largest U.S. bank, slashed its dividend by 87% to $0.05. CEO Jamie Dimon said the decision wasn’t “directly related” to the $25 billion it received under the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Not all companies have the government helping them run their businesses, so they are free to continue raising their dividends. Here are several that have done just that:

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