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Not All Business Segments Are Created Equal

During earnings season, institutional investors gain direct access to a company's management in order to ask questions for which the answers will be made available to the general public. These earnings calls can be vitally important to any current or potential investors. Hints or even direct admissions to major managerial decisions will often emerge, and that's exactly what happened on DuPont's (NYSE: DD  ) earnings call today.

CEO Ellen Kullman noted that separating the company's performance chemicals business might be a direction that DuPont would take in order to build a more concentrated company. Agriculture and nutritional segments are just two of the lines she plans to focus on. To see how these segments performed, along with the company as a whole, tune in below.

One other thing management must decide is how to reward shareholders. Its size and success has allowed DuPont to treat investors to a 3.1% yield. And luckily for you, The Motley Fool has identified other companies that are the absolute best of the best when it comes to rock-solid dividend stocks, drawing up a list in this free report of the only nine that fit the bill. To discover the identities of these companies before the rest of the market catches on, you can download this valuable free report by simply clicking here now.

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  • Report this Comment On July 23, 2013, at 4:24 PM, funfundvierzig wrote:

    How ironic. DuPont is the largest and most technologically advanced producer and seller of TIO2 in the world. Ms. Kullman, DuPont Chieftess is going to throw away this leading position to invest in agriculture and nutrition, where she is distinctly second-place, if not second rate to...

    Monsanto, in seeds and biotechnology,

    Syngenta in ag chemicals,

    Scotts Miracle-GRO in lawn and garden retail products,

    and Novozymes in enzymes and food ingredients.

    This identity-confused Delaware-based conglomerate hardly inspires confidence amongst investors, not to mention traders...funfun..

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Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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