AT&T Dividend Yield Pushes Past 8%


In trading on Monday, shares of AT&T were yielding above the 8% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $2.08), with the stock changing hands as low as $25.79 on the day.

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Dividends are particularly important for investors to consider, because historically speaking dividends have provided a considerable share of the stock market’s total return. To illustrate, suppose for example you purchased shares of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) SPY back on 12/31/1999 — you would have paid $146.88 per share. Fast forward to 12/31/2012 and each share was worth $142.41 on that date, a decrease of $4.67/share over all those years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $25.98 per share in dividends over the same period, for a positive total return of 23.36%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.6%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 8% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. AT&T is an S&P 500 company, giving it special status as one of the large-cap companies making up the S&P 500 Index.

In general, dividend amounts are not always predictable and tend to follow the ups and downs of profitability at each company. In the case of AT&T Inc, looking at the history chart for T below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue, and in turn whether it is a reasonable expectation to expect a 8% annual yield.



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T has been growing its dividend for more than 20 years consecutively. For more dividend growth stocks view our Dividend Aristocrats List on Dividend Channel or on Top Dividends.

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