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Free Cash Flow Payout Vs. Dividend Payout

|Includes:CAT, CVX, GPC, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), JNJ, LOW, MSFT, SYY, T

I am a firm believer in keeping things simple. However, you can simplify things to the point they no longer have value. In my opinion, a lot of the commonly used financial metrics can be very misleading unless you understand what is behind them. I would put EBIT, EBITDA and Dividend Payout in this category. As an investor in dividend growth stocks, I see Dividend Payout used a lot, so let's take a closer look...

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