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H & R Block, Inc. (HRB) Shares Cross 4% Yield Mark

By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, July 27, 3:10 PM ET
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In trading on Wednesday, shares of H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) were yielding above the 4% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.60), with the stock changing hands as low as $14.94 on the day. Dividends are particularly important for investors to consider, because historically speaking dividends have provided a considerable share of the stock market's total return. To illustrate, suppose for example you purchased shares of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) back on 12/31/1998 you would have paid $123.31 per share. Fast forward to 12/31/2010 and each share was worth $125.75 on that date, a mere $2.44 or 2% increase over all those years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $20.53 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 18.6%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.4%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 4% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) is an S&P 500 company, giving it special status as one of the large-cap companies making up the S&P 500 Index.

In general, dividend amounts are not always predictable and tend to follow the ups and downs of profitability at each company. In the case of H&R Block, Inc., looking at the history chart for HRB below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue, and in turn whether it is a reasonable expectation to expect a 4% annual yield.

HRB Dividend History
Date Div*
06/08/11 0.150
03/08/11 0.150
12/09/10 0.150
09/08/10 0.150
06/08/10 0.150
03/09/10 0.150
12/09/09 0.150
09/08/09 0.150
06/08/09 0.150
03/09/09 0.150
12/10/08 0.150
09/08/08 0.150
06/06/08 0.143
03/07/08 0.143
12/10/07 0.143
09/06/07 0.143
06/07/07 0.135
03/08/07 0.135
12/08/06 0.135
09/07/06 0.135
06/08/06 0.125
03/09/06 0.125
12/09/05 0.125
09/08/05 0.250
06/08/05 0.110
03/09/05 0.110
12/09/04 0.110
09/08/04 0.110
06/08/04 0.100
03/09/04 0.100
12/10/03 0.100
09/08/03 0.100
06/06/03 0.090
03/07/03 0.090
12/10/02 0.090
09/06/02 0.090
06/06/02 0.080
03/07/02 0.080
12/10/01 0.080
09/06/01 0.080
06/07/01 0.075
03/08/01 0.075
12/08/00 0.075
09/07/00 0.075
06/08/00 0.069
03/09/00 0.069
12/09/99 0.069
09/08/99 0.069
06/08/99 0.062
03/09/99 0.062
12/10/98 0.062
09/08/98 0.062
06/08/98 0.050
03/09/98 0.050
12/10/97 0.050
09/08/97 0.050
06/06/97 0.050
03/07/97 0.050
12/10/96 0.050
09/06/96 0.080
06/06/96 0.080
03/07/96 0.080
12/08/95 0.080
09/07/95 0.080
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, HRB makes up 1.25% of the Dynamic Consumer Discretionary Sector Portfolio ETF (AMEX:PEZ) which is trading lower by about 3% on the day Wednesday.

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HRB operates in the Consumer Services sector, among companies like Matthews International Corp (NASDAQ:MATW) which is down about 1% today, and Hillenbrand Inc (NYSE:HI) trading lower by about 1.1%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of HRB, versus MATW and HI.

HRB,MATW,HI Relative Performance Chart


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