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In trading on Wednesday, shares of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCC) were yielding above the 2% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.58), with the stock changing hands as low as $27.81 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 iShares Russell 3000 ETF (IWV) back on 5/31/2000 you would have paid $78.27 per share. Fast forward to 5/31/2011 and each share was worth $80.78 on that date, a mere $2.51 or 3.2% increase over eleven years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $9.69 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 20.27%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.7%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 2% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCC) is a member of the Russell 3000, giving it special status as one of the largest 3000 companies on the U.S. stock markets.

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 HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., looking at the history chart for HCC 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 2% annual yield.

HCC Dividend History
Date Div*
06/29/11 0.145
03/30/11 0.145
12/30/10 0.145
09/29/10 0.145
06/29/10 0.135
03/31/10 0.135
12/30/09 0.135
09/29/09 0.135
06/29/09 0.125
03/30/09 0.125
12/31/08 0.125
09/29/08 0.125
06/27/08 0.110
03/28/08 0.110
12/28/07 0.110
09/27/07 0.110
06/28/07 0.100
03/29/07 0.100
12/28/06 0.100
09/28/06 0.100
06/29/06 0.100
03/30/06 0.075
12/29/05 0.075
09/29/05 0.075
06/29/05 0.075
03/31/05 0.057
12/30/04 0.057
09/29/04 0.057
06/30/04 0.050
03/30/04 0.050
12/30/03 0.050
09/29/03 0.050
06/27/03 0.043
03/28/03 0.043
12/30/02 0.043
09/27/02 0.043
06/27/02 0.042
03/28/02 0.042
12/28/01 0.042
09/27/01 0.043
06/28/01 0.040
03/29/01 0.040
12/28/00 0.040
09/28/00 0.040
06/29/00 0.033
03/30/00 0.033
12/30/99 0.033
09/29/99 0.033
06/29/99 0.033
03/30/99 0.033
12/30/98 0.027
09/29/98 0.027
06/29/98 0.027
03/30/98 0.027
12/30/97 0.020
09/29/97 0.020
06/27/97 0.020
03/27/97 0.020
12/30/96 0.013
09/27/96 0.013
06/27/96 0.013
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

HCC operates in the Insurance Brokers sector, among companies like Allied World Assurance Company Holdings (AWH) which is down about 0.7% today, and Mercury General Corp. (NYSE:MCY) trading lower by about 0.6%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of HCC, versus AWH and MCY.

HCC,AWH,MCY Relative Performance Chart


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