More on dividends: The average dividend yield of S&P 500 companies making payouts has moved...

|By:, SA News Editor

More on dividends: The average dividend yield of S&P 500 companies making payouts has moved up to 2.84% - which just happens to be the yield on a 30-year Treasury. As investors start weighing the pros and cons of income stocks over bonds, Stifel suggests checking the payout ratio of a company. The lower the ratio, the better chance the firm has a cushion for future payouts.