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Financial dividends

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on June 12, 2008

With today’s KeyCorp’s dividend decline, there have now been 16 Financial decreases vs. 12 for the 5-years from 2003 through 2007 (with 5 of those coming in Q4 2007 - don’t even do the 12 month number).
The sector currently contributes 26.7% of the dividends to the index and has had 27 increases YTD
19 issues yield over 5%, none did last year; with 4 (RF, FITB, ACAS, and CFC) yielding over 10%

The top 10 payers account for 30.4% of the dividend payments:
GE 12,360 Industrials
BAC 11,399 Financials
T 9,502 Telecommunication Services
PFE 8,659 Health Care
XOM 8,454 Energy
C 6,720 Financials
CVX 5,378 Energy
JPM 5,288 Financials
JNJ 5,185 Health Care
VZ 4,903 Telecommunication Services
*BAC is a DividendAristocrat that increased in July 2007, July 2006, Jun 2005 and June 2004 (see file)

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