Dividend Yield

Motley Fool  Oct 20  Comment 
Not all dividends are created equal. Returns of capital can make some stocks seem like big yielders, even though it's just your money coming back to you.
USAToday.com  Oct 14  Comment 
With stock prices burning below their highs, investors can score some tasty yields
SeekingAlpha  Oct 10  Comment 
By Philip Mause: I have written befo re -- here, here, and here -- ab out the dividend yield ratio and its uncanny ability to predict market trends. Since the Fall of 2009, the trailing twelve month dividend yield for the S&P 500 has stubbornly...
SeekingAlpha  Oct 3  Comment 
By ColoradoWealthManagementFund: This article is going to be focused on 4 companies that have a strong history of raising their dividends, and solid yields from their current dividend. Retirees can't really expect to live off dividend yields of...
Benzinga  Sep 15  Comment 
Below are the top publishing-periodicals stocks on the NYSE and the NASDAQ in terms of dividend yield. Meredith (NYSE: MDP) has a dividend yield of 3.80%. Meredith's shares closed at $46.22 on Friday. Value Line (NASDAQ: VALU) has a dividend...
Forbes  Sep 9  Comment 
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, in trading on Tuesday, shares of Leidos Holdings Inc (NYSE: LDOS) were yielding above the 4% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.28), with the stock changing hands...
SeekingAlpha  Sep 4  Comment 
By David Eifrig Jr.: Last month, the S&P 500 closed above 2,000 for the first time ever. Stocks are up 75% in just the past three years. If you've owned stocks for a long time, this is good news. But if you're looking to invest right now and earn...
Benzinga  Aug 13  Comment 
Below are the top farm products stocks on the NASDAQ in terms of dividend yield. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (NASDAQ: CRESY) has a dividend yield of 3.10%. Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. shares closed at $11.99 on Tuesday. Calavo Growers (NASDAQ: CVGW) has...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 30  Comment 
By Dividend Growth Investor: There is a raging debate of whether someone should go with high yielding companies today, or they should go with lower yielding investments, which however offer the promise of increasing payouts at a faster clip. As I...


Dividend Yield is the percentage return a company pays out to its shareholders each year relative to its share price

Dividend yield is calculated as Annual Dividends per Share / Price per Share

This measurement tells you what percentage return a company pays out to shareholders in the form of dividends. Well-established companies tend to pay out a higher percentage, and with greater consistency, than do younger or more volatile companies. However, some companies choose to use the cash for re-investment in the company, potentially leading to a higher share price in the future. Therefore, it is not necessarily true that shareholders are better off investing in companies that pay higher dividends, though a consistently high dividend yield is often considered a sign of a stable, consistent, business.

It should be noted that companies do not announce a dividend yield per se, but rather a total dividend per share, the yield then being calculated from the current share price. Thus, a company with a particularly volatile stock price may see drastic swings in dividend yield despite a consistent dividend. As such, an increasing dividend yield over some period of time (quarterly, annually, etc.) while the dividend itself remains stable is often considered a sign of an artificially low (i.e. undervalued) stock price.


  • If XYZ company‚Äôs annual dividend is $1.50 per share and the stock is trading at $25, XYZ Dividend Yield is 6%. ($1.50 / $25 = 0.06)
  • If Company ABC announces annual dividends of $1.50 per share and the stock is trading at $45, ABC's Dividend Yield is 3.3%. ($1.50 / $45 = .033)

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