Dividend Yield

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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...
The Economic Times  Jul 24  Comment 
Experts advise investors to build a portfolio around the dividend yield theme instead of betting on one or two stocks and remain invested for at least two to three years, says ET.
SeekingAlpha  Jul 10  Comment 
ByMarshall Hargrave: When investors think of high short interest stocks they rarely think of incomes plays. The five stocks below are some of the most shorted stocks in the market and yet produce the highest dividend yields. The key for these...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 8  Comment 
By Michael Grogan: If one stock pays a higher dividend yield than another, does that mean it pays a higher return overall? Looking at the yields vs. returns of the Dividend Aristocrats, it appears that higher yield actually results in a lower...




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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.

Examples

  • 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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