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KB Home (KBH) Passes Through 3% Yield Mark

By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, August 1, 3:18 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of KB Home(NYSE:KBH) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.25), with the stock changing hands as low as $8.26 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 3% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. KB Home (NYSE:KBH) 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 KB Home, looking at the history chart for KBH 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 3% annual yield.

KBH Dividend History
Date Div*
05/03/11 0.063
02/01/11 0.063
11/02/10 0.063
08/03/10 0.063
05/04/10 0.063
02/02/10 0.063
11/03/09 0.063
08/04/09 0.063
05/05/09 0.063
02/03/09 0.063
11/12/08 0.063
07/08/08 0.250
05/06/08 0.250
02/05/08 0.250
08/07/07 0.250
05/08/07 0.250
02/06/07 0.250
11/06/06 0.250
08/08/06 0.250
05/09/06 0.250
02/07/06 0.250
11/07/05 0.188
08/09/05 0.188
05/10/05 0.188
02/08/05 0.188
11/08/04 0.125
08/10/04 0.125
05/11/04 0.125
02/09/04 0.125
11/07/03 0.037
08/11/03 0.037
05/12/03 0.037
02/10/03 0.037
11/08/02 0.037
08/12/02 0.037
05/10/02 0.037
02/08/02 0.037
08/10/01 0.037
05/09/01 0.037
02/06/01 0.037
11/10/00 0.037
08/15/00 0.037
05/09/00 0.037
02/08/00 0.037
11/08/99 0.037
08/10/99 0.037
05/11/99 0.037
02/09/99 0.037
11/06/98 0.037
08/11/98 0.037
05/11/98 0.037
02/09/98 0.037
11/07/97 0.037
08/12/97 0.037
05/12/97 0.037
02/11/97 0.037
11/08/96 0.037
08/12/96 0.037
05/10/96 0.037
02/09/96 0.037
11/10/95 0.037
08/10/95 0.037
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

KBH operates in the General Contractors & Builders sector, among companies like PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM) which is off about 2.8% today, and Lennar Corp. (NYSE:LEN) trading lower by about 0.9%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of KBH, versus PHM and LEN.

KBH,PHM,LEN Relative Performance Chart


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