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A Very Good Month For Dividends

Posted by: Howard Silverblatt on February 25, 2010

Dividend data (as of now) for the month of February (all reporting issues not just the 500) are showing that dividend increases are up 29% from Feb,’09 (still 42% off Feb,’08), and decreases are down a dramatic 88% from Feb,’09 and are even less than the Feb,’08 decreases by 33%. February is typically a good month, and this one has come through. Actual cash payments are still down year-over-year, but at least it’s starting to go back up (most likely 2012-13 until we reach 2008 levels).

For the S&P 500 index it is the best month in 2 years, with a very impressive 3-month run. I expect more good news, but not as much of it over the next few months; I also expect reductions to start next month.

Full file and details after month end.

Reader Comments

Philimax LI, NY

March 4, 2010 6:59 PM

You ain't seen nothing until the big banks reinstate their dividends. I hope it's going to be soon (Mid-April).
The stockholders are named so (st...holders) because they are always left holding the bag.
First the banker made sure that they paid themselves outrages salaries, then the FDIC came along and confiscated our dividends by charging a 3year advance premium on FDIC insurance equivalent to the dividend amount the the stockholders deserve, and finally there remains no excuse not to restart the dividends.

so look forward to a good spring dividend increase and hope that it comes through for the long suffering stockholders.

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