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Atle Willems is an independent economic analyst and equity investor with a long-term view investing in undervalued listed shares with solid operational track records and sensible balance sheets. He holds a master's degree in finance with distinction from Nottingham University Business School,... More
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  • U.S. Corporate Profits Increases 18.6% To Set New All-Time High Record, Dividend Payouts Remain Low 0 comments
    Nov 30, 2012 4:18 AM

    Figures just released by the U.S. Department of Commerce show corporate profits after tax for U.S. corporations increased 18.6% in Q3 2012 on Q3 2011 to USD 1.752 trillion. This was the highest figure ever reported for corporate profits for a quarter.

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    Net corporate dividends of USD 758.8 billion for the quarter was the highest since Q3 2008 when it hit USD 780.5 billion. Compared to Q3 2011 it increased by 7.5%.

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    Due to record profits with a slower increase in dividends paid out, the dividend payout ratio for the quarter was only 43.3%. This was the lowest for eight quarters and 12.7% lower than the average of 49.6% since 1947.

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    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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