Fool.com contributor Parkev Tatevosian puts 3M (NYSE: MMM) and Raytheon (NYSE: RTX) through a series of comparisons on financial metrics to decide which is the better dividend stock to buy. *Stock prices used were the afternoon prices of Sept.
The Dow's concentration on an established group of 30 blue-chip companies doesn't include a lot of powerful growth stocks and certainly doesn't include smaller companies with breakout potential. All four dividend stocks are down more than 15% year to date.
This industrial stalwart continues to attract interest from investors -- both optimists and pessimists.