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In trading on Monday, shares of M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC) were yielding above the 6% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.00), with the stock changing hands as low as $16.58 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 6% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC) is a member of the Russell 3000, giving it special status as one of the largest 3000 companies on the U.S. stock markets.

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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 M.D.C. Holdings, Inc., looking at the history chart for MDC 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 6% annual yield.

MDC Dividend History
Date Div*
05/09/11 0.250
02/07/11 0.250
11/05/10 0.250
08/09/10 0.250
05/10/10 0.250
02/08/10 0.250
11/06/09 0.250
08/03/09 0.250
05/11/09 0.250
02/09/09 0.250
11/07/08 0.250
08/08/08 0.250
05/12/08 0.250
02/08/08 0.250
11/02/07 0.250
08/06/07 0.250
05/07/07 0.250
02/05/07 0.250
11/03/06 0.250
08/07/06 0.250
05/08/06 0.250
02/07/06 0.250
11/04/05 0.250
08/08/05 0.180
05/09/05 0.180
02/08/05 0.150
11/05/04 0.115
08/09/04 0.115
05/10/04 0.115
02/09/04 0.087
11/03/03 0.087
08/12/03 0.087
05/08/03 0.063
02/04/03 0.051
10/30/02 0.051
08/05/02 0.051
05/07/02 0.051
02/05/02 0.045
11/05/01 0.040
08/06/01 0.040
06/06/01 0.040
02/01/01 0.035
11/03/00 0.032
08/01/00 0.032
05/04/00 0.032
01/28/00 0.032
11/04/99 0.026
07/28/99 0.026
04/29/99 0.026
02/04/99 0.026
11/05/98 0.021
10/29/98 0.021
07/29/98 0.021
04/29/98 0.021
01/30/98 0.016
11/14/97 0.016
08/06/97 0.016
05/14/97 0.016
05/01/97 0.016
02/07/97 0.016
10/30/96 0.016
08/06/96 0.016
04/16/96 0.016
02/14/96 0.016
11/01/95 0.016
08/02/95 0.016
* 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, MDC makes up 3.71% of the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Home Construction Index Fund ETF (AMEX:ITB) which is trading lower by about 8.8% on the day Monday.

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MDC operates in the General Contractors & Builders sector, among companies like D.R. Horton Inc. (NYSE:DHI) which is down about 9.8% today, and NVR Inc. (NYSE:NVR) trading lower by about 5.7%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of MDC, versus DHI and NVR.

MDC,DHI,NVR Relative Performance Chart


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