S&P 500 companies make record dividend payouts

Jul. 03, 2018 8:42 AM ETDVY, SDY, VIG, VYM, WTRE, IDV, KBWD, HDV, SDIV, SCHD, SPFF, DIVA, SRET, ALTY, PFFRBy: Eli Hoffmann, SA News Editor17 Comments
  • S&P 500 firms paid $124B in regular cash dividends in Q2, a record. In Q2 2017, they payed $112B - which translates to an 11% increase.
  • 83% of S&P 500 firms declared a dividend in Q2.
  • 89 companies boosted dividends in Q2, vs. 67 companies a year ago.
  • 43 companies retained the ’aristocrat’ status of 25 years of consecutive dividend raises.
  • While this all bodes well for the fundamentals, the S&P 500's yield of 1.92% isn't going to attract serious yield seekers. It's down from 1.97% a year ago, but recovered from a steep drop that put it at 1.76% in January.
  • Top dividend-specific ETFs by AUM: VIG, VYM, DVY, SDY, SCHD, HDV and IDV
  • Top dividend-specific ETFs by yield: KBWD, SRET, ALTY, DIVA, SPFF, PFFR, SDIV, and DRW

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