PR: U.S. dividend increases jump 27.8% in Q1


NEW YORK, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Standard & Poor's, the world's leading index provider, announced today that dividend increases rose 27.8% during the first quarter of 2011 to 510 from the 399 recorded during the first quarter of 2010. Of the approximately 7,000 publicly owned companies that report dividend information to Standard & Poor's, only 30 decreased their dividend payment during the first quarter of 2011 versus the 48 that lowered their dividend payment during the first quarter of 2010.

"If dividends were a paycheck, dividend investors would have received a 6.7% raise in the first quarter," says Howard Silverblatt, Senior Index Analyst at S&P Indices. "Dividend increases were up 27.8% in the first quarter, with dividend decreases off 92% from the record setting first quarter of 2009. On a dollar basis, dividend investors lost $43.8 billion in the first quarter of 2009; for the first quarter of 2011 they added back $19 billion."

Silverblatt notes that yields for paying issues decreased slightly to 2.39% at the end of the first quarter, compared to 2.41% at the close of 2010. However, more issuers were paying dividends, with 39.3% of the issues paying a regular cash dividend, compared to 37.9% at year-end 2010.

Additionally, Silverblatt reports that individual investors have saved $274 billion on qualified dividend tax cuts from 2003 through the 2010 period. "The two-year extension of the lower dividend tax rate will add another $74 billion directly into the hands of investors, with a portion of it going back into the market via reinvestment programs, thereby supporting stock prices."

For 2011, Silverblatt expects to see more dividend increases across all sectors, with few decreases. "We expect to see dividend increases across the board in 2011 as companies continue to demonstrate to investors that they are well into recovery mode. In addition, if the economy continues to improve and home and commercial real estate portfolios don't deteriorate, we could see a second round of dividend increases for Financials late in the year, with the increased payment being made in the first quarter of 2012."

To download Standard & Poor's Dividend Record, please visit the following web address: www.marketattributes.standardandpoors.com and click on "Dividends". For more information about S&P Indices, please visit www.standardandpoors.com/indices.

YEAR

POSITIVE

NEGATIVE

DIVIDEND

 
 

DIVIDEND

DIVIDEND

BREADTH

 
 

ACTIONS

ACTIONS

   
         

Q1 2011

510

30

17.00

 

Q1 2010

399

48

8.31

 

Q1 2009

283

367

0.77

 

Q1 2008

598

83

7.20

 

Q1 2007

740

19

38.95

 
         

2010

1,729

145

11.92

 

2009

1,191

804

1.48

 

2008

1,874

606

3.09

 

2007

2,513

110

22.85

 

2006

2,617

87

30.08

 

2005

2,518

84

29.98

 

2004

2,298

62

37.06

 

2003

2,162

104

20.79

 

2002

1,756

135

13.01

 

2001

1,668

205

8.14

 

2000

1,886

137

13.77

 

1999

2,125

144

14.76

 
         

U.S. DOMESTIC COMMON MARKET (ASE, NYSE, NGM, NNM, NSC)

 

$ CHANGE-MIL

INCREASES

INITIALS

DECREASES

SUSPENSIONS

 

Q1 2009

$2,559

$1,423

-$45,288

-$2,466

 

Q1 2010

$5,287

$1,745

-$467

-$136

 

Q1 2011

$16,388

$3,335

-$418

-$303

 
           
 

ACTIONS**

CHANGE

POSITIVE

NEGATIVE

 

Q1 2009

$51,736

-$43,773

$3,982

-$47,754

 

Q1 2010

$7,635

$6,430

$7,032

-$602

 

Q1 2011

$20,443

$19,002

$19,723

-$721

 

**Absolute changes

 
           

S&P Indices

 

U.S. domestic public common stock

 

Values in $ billions

 
 

TOTAL

SAVINGS BASED

 
 

DIVIDEND

ON DIRECT TAXABLE

 
 

PAYMENTS

QUALIFIED OWNERSHIP

 

2003-2012

     

S&P 500

$2,132.20

$179.39

 

Non-500

$1,446.06

$168.97

 

Total

$3,578.27

$348.36

 
       

2011-2012 Est

     

S&P 500

$465.70

$39.18

 

Non-500

$301.98

$35.29

 

Total

$767.69

$74.47

 
       

2003-2010

     

S&P 500

$1,666.50

$140.21

 

Non-500

$1,144.08

$133.69

 

Total

$2,810.58

$273.89

 
       

*The above estimates assume levels of direct S&P 500 ownership and dividend qualifications based on historical data

 

*The assumptions for non-S&P 500 are based on broader indicators and not as well documented

 
       

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