S&P analysts forecast that dividends from S&P 500 firms could exceed the record $247.9B...

|By:, SA News Editor

S&P analysts forecast that dividends from S&P 500 firms could exceed the record $247.9B shared in 2008, although the percentage of earnings paid out as dividends is at a record low 27%, well below the historical average ratio of 53%. Wells Fargo reckons there could be a long-term opportunity in dividend-paying stocks.