Net dividend increases totaled $8.4B in Q4, according to S&P. 1,262 firms increased their...

|By:, SA News Editor

Net dividend increases totaled $8.4B in Q4, according to S&P. 1,262 firms increased their dividends, up 94.5% Y/Y, vs. just 154 lowering. Of more import, the payout ratio remains at 36% against long-term average of 52%.