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By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, August 10, 3:28 PM ET
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In trading on Wednesday, shares of Harleysville Group, Inc. (HGIC) were yielding above the 5% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.44), with the stock changing hands as low as $27.50 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 5% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Harleysville Group, Inc. (HGIC) 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 Harleysville Group, Inc. , looking at the history chart for HGIC 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 5% annual yield.

HGIC Dividend History
Date Div*
06/13/11 0.360
03/11/11 0.360
11/10/10 1.800
09/13/10 0.360
06/11/10 0.325
03/11/10 0.325
12/11/09 0.325
09/11/09 0.325
06/11/09 0.300
03/12/09 0.300
12/11/08 0.300
09/11/08 0.300
06/12/08 0.250
03/12/08 0.250
12/12/07 0.250
09/12/07 0.250
06/13/07 0.190
03/13/07 0.190
12/13/06 0.190
09/13/06 0.190
06/13/06 0.175
03/13/06 0.175
12/13/05 0.175
09/13/05 0.175
06/13/05 0.170
03/11/05 0.170
12/13/04 0.170
09/13/04 0.170
06/14/04 0.170
03/11/04 0.170
12/11/03 0.170
09/11/03 0.170
06/12/03 0.165
03/13/03 0.165
12/12/02 0.165
09/12/02 0.165
06/12/02 0.150
03/13/02 0.150
12/12/01 0.150
06/13/01 0.140
03/13/01 0.140
12/13/00 0.140
09/13/00 0.140
06/13/00 0.135
03/13/00 0.135
12/13/99 0.135
09/13/99 0.135
06/11/99 0.125
03/11/99 0.125
12/11/98 0.125
09/11/98 0.125
06/11/98 0.115
03/12/98 0.115
12/11/97 0.115
09/11/97 0.115
06/12/97 0.105
03/12/97 0.105
12/12/96 0.105
09/12/96 0.105
06/12/96 0.095
03/13/96 0.095
12/13/95 0.095
09/13/95 0.095
* 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, HGIC makes up 2.28% of the High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers Portfolio ETF (AMEX:PEY) which is trading lower by about 1.2% on the day Wednesday.

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HGIC operates in the Insurance Brokers sector, among companies like National Financial Partners Corp (NFP) which is down about 2.7% today, and Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc (NYSE:MIG) trading lower by about 3.3%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of HGIC, versus NFP and MIG.

HGIC,NFP,MIG Relative Performance Chart


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