October 4, 2005 |
U.S. companies in the third quarter turned cautious about raising cash dividend payments to shareholders, after a strong pace of increases in the first half, data tracker Standard & Poor's said Monday. A total of 391 companies boosted their dividends in the quarter, the same number as in the third quarter of 2004. By contrast, 1,055 companies raised dividends in the first half of this year, up 18% from the first half of 2004.
September 5, 1990 |
For investors who care about earning cash dividends on their stocks, there are two reasons to look a little closer at those payouts: One, to make sure your dividends aren't about to disappear with the sinking economy; and two, to check out some tantalizing yields that have resulted from stocks' slide. The bad news on dividends is that the weak economy is causing corporate managers to reconsider raising payouts to shareholders this year.
January 8, 2003 |
President Bush's proposal to eliminate taxes on cash dividends that companies pay shareholders has the potential to return investing to a simpler time -- a stock market familiar to octogenarians, perhaps, but foreign to most baby boomers. If Bush's idea becomes law, millions of individual investors would have a powerful incentive to consider buying stocks as much for the income they pay as for long-term capital gains.
February 5, 2003 |
At a time when more investors are looking for companies that pay cash dividends, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is eliminating its payout. North America's largest tire maker said Tuesday that its board decided to halt dividend payments for the first time in 66 years, saving about $84 million annually to help stem losses. Goodyear's NYSE-traded shares plunged 17% -- shedding 87 cents to $4.30 -- their biggest one-day percentage drop since October 1987.
January 27, 1993 |
IBM's decision Tuesday to slash its dividend by 55% is the latest in a string of calamities to hit dividend-conscious investors during the last three years. Hundreds of big companies have slashed dividends during the recession-racked 1990s, while others halted regular hikes in their quarterly payouts to shareholders. Each of the last three years has seen the fewest dividend increases since the early 1970s.
February 22, 1991 |
As editor of the La Jolla-based investment newsletter Investment Quality Trends, Geraldine Weiss has become the market's Grand Dame of Dividends. Her attitude toward a stock is determined largely by the dividend--how much cash a company chooses to pay out to shareholders, the size of that payout relative to the stock price, and how it grows. To Weiss, the dividend is a basic measure of a stock's value. And right now, Weiss doesn't like what she sees--peace or no peace in the Persian Gulf.
May 6, 1997
Highest current dividend yield as percentage of stock price among all California companies. Most of these companies are real estate investment trusts that are structured to provide returns mainly in the form of dividends. Some dividends income may be return of capital. *--* Dividend Indicated 5-yr. avg. 4/18/97 as a % of annual dividend stock Rank Company stock price dividend yield price 1 Meridian PT Realty Trust 83 44.0% $1.30 15.6% $3.00 2 Airlease Ltd. 17 1.8 12.5 10.59 3 Host Funding Inc.
July 24, 2003 |
Shareholders were treated to another flurry of positive dividend news Wednesday. Since Congress voted in May to cut the tax on dividend income to a maximum of 15%, a raft of companies have decided to begin paying a dividend for the first time or to boost existing quarterly payouts. Among those doing so Wednesday: Brewer Anheuser-Busch Cos. raised its quarterly dividend to 22 cents from 19.5 cents. Still, its shares fell 44 cents to $51.10. Natural gas producer Burlington Resources Inc.
May 26, 2012 |
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook is saying "no thanks" to stock dividends potentially worth $75 million. The company said in a regulatory filing that Cook had volunteered to exempt himself from a new compensation program under which Apple employees could collect a dividend on stock grants that have not yet vested. The unusual move comes as boards of major companies have faced heightened scrutiny for approving excessive compensation for their CEOs. After a year that has seen Apple's reputation tested by controversy over the way its Chinese production partners treated low-paid workers, observers said Cook might have seen an opportunity to bolster the company's image as a socially responsible and progressive force.
July 23, 2002 |
Williams Cos., the No. 2 U.S. pipeline owner, slashed its dividend by 95% after an energy-trading slump led to a second-quarter loss. The stock plunged 61% to a 20-year low. The quarterly dividend was reduced by 19 cents to a penny after Williams had a per-share loss of as much as 73 cents, the company said. It will report full second-quarter results Monday. The dividend cut will save $95 million this quarter, the company said. Shares of Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams fell $3.15 to $2.