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

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%.
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  • another example of a report that hasn't caught up with buybacks. Its great to compare the dividend payout ratio over time, but a better report would combine the divy and buybacks to compare the ratio. Companies are paying out as much capital as historically, but more is going towards buybacks. This is exactly why the dividend payouts aren't going to increase.
    7 Jan 2013, 05:39 PM Reply Like
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