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HR Breaks Above 7% Yield Territory

By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, October 17, 3:11 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of Healthcare Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:HR) were yielding above the 7% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.20), with the stock changing hands as low as $17.03 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 7% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Healthcare Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:HR) 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 Healthcare Realty Trust, Inc., looking at the history chart for HR 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 7% annual yield.

HR Dividend History
Date Div*
08/16/11 0.300
05/17/11 0.300
02/15/11 0.300
11/16/10 0.300
08/17/10 0.300
05/18/10 0.300
02/16/10 0.300
11/18/09 0.385
08/19/09 0.385
05/20/09 0.385
02/18/09 0.385
11/17/08 0.385
08/13/08 0.385
05/13/08 0.385
02/13/08 0.385
11/13/07 0.385
08/13/07 0.385
05/11/07 0.660
02/13/07 0.660
11/13/06 0.660
08/11/06 0.660
05/11/06 0.660
02/13/06 0.660
11/15/05 0.660
08/11/05 0.660
05/12/05 0.655
02/10/05 0.650
11/10/04 0.645
08/12/04 0.640
05/12/04 0.635
02/11/04 0.630
11/12/03 0.625
08/13/03 0.620
05/13/03 0.615
02/12/03 0.610
11/13/02 0.605
08/13/02 0.600
05/13/02 0.595
02/13/02 0.590
11/13/01 0.585
08/13/01 0.580
05/11/01 0.575
02/13/01 0.570
11/13/00 0.565
08/02/00 0.560
05/03/00 0.555
02/02/00 0.550
11/03/99 0.555
08/04/99 0.540
05/04/99 0.535
02/03/99 0.530
10/07/98 0.525
08/04/98 0.520
05/04/98 0.515
02/02/98 0.510
10/31/97 0.505
07/31/97 0.500
04/30/97 0.495
11/04/96 0.485
07/31/96 0.480
04/30/96 0.475
01/31/96 0.470
10/31/95 0.465
* 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, HR makes up 1.57% of the S&P SmallCap Financials Portfolio ETF (NASDAQ:PSCF) which is trading lower by about 2.3% on the day Monday.

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HR operates in the REITs sector, among companies like Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (NYSE:OHI) which is off about 4.4% today, and Equity One, Inc. (EQY) trading lower by about 2.2%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of HR, versus OHI and EQY.

HR,OHI,EQY Relative Performance Chart


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