For clients interested in generating income from their portfolios, these high-profile companies are not their best bet. The companies listed here are those from the S&P 500 that have the wherewithal to pay dividends – as measured by the companies with the most free cash flow this year – but have not paid any dividends to investors over the past year. Might that change? Watch this space.

Free cash flows are measured by a trailing-12 month figure as of Nov. 30, and all data is from Morningstar.

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