Dividend News – Tech Dividends, Payout Ratios and Beyond Utilities

January 13, 2012 · 0 comments

I came across a USAToday article that had some interesting tidbits on dividend stocks which we’ve all come to know and love.  Here are a few notes I found worth passing on:

  • Over the past 20 years, the S&P500 has gained 202%.  Add in dividends paid though and the return is actually 350%.  That’s saying something about dividend returns as function of total return!
  • Utilities stocks, usually prized for their high yields… tend to trade at a discount to the S&P500.  But at the moment, they’re actually trading at a premium!  You may want to watch this sector if chasing yield, as you might feel it on the capital loss side.
  • They warn against high yield stocks in excess of 6%.  I say it’s sector-dependent (i.e. tobacco and Master Limited Partnerships often yield north of 6% and keep on running).
  • I don’t normally think of Tech companies as paying a suitable dividend at all, but here are the top 5 largest tech companies paying dividends – not too bad for Intel and Microsoft!
Company, ticker
Dividend yield
Total return
(1 year)
Microsoft, MSFT
Oracle, ORCL
Intel, INTC
Cisco, CSCO

Now that you’ve digested some tidbits on dividends, check out these carnivals for tons of investing articles from around the blogosphere:

Self-Directed Investing Carnival

Carnival of Passive Investing

Carnival of Wealth

Carnival of Financial Comraderie

Totally Money Carnival


Related posts:

  1. Dividends from Stocks Account for Almost Half of ALL Market Gains!

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: