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By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, November 7, 3:18 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (NYSE:CTB) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.42), with the stock changing hands as low as $13.76 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. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (NYSE:CTB) 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 Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., looking at the history chart for CTB 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.

CTB Dividend History
Date Div*
08/31/11 0.105
05/31/11 0.105
03/01/11 0.105
11/30/10 0.105
08/31/10 0.105
05/28/10 0.105
02/26/10 0.105
11/30/09 0.105
08/31/09 0.105
05/29/09 0.105
03/05/09 0.105
11/28/08 0.105
08/28/08 0.105
05/29/08 0.105
03/06/08 0.105
11/29/07 0.105
08/30/07 0.105
05/30/07 0.105
03/08/07 0.105
11/29/06 0.105
08/30/06 0.105
05/31/06 0.105
03/01/06 0.105
11/30/05 0.105
08/31/05 0.105
06/01/05 0.105
03/03/05 0.105
12/01/04 0.105
09/01/04 0.105
06/02/04 0.105
03/03/04 0.105
11/26/03 0.105
08/28/03 0.105
05/29/03 0.105
02/27/03 0.105
11/27/02 0.105
09/03/02 0.105
05/30/02 0.105
02/28/02 0.105
08/30/01 0.105
05/30/01 0.105
03/01/01 0.105
11/28/00 0.105
09/06/00 0.105
05/31/00 0.105
03/02/00 0.105
11/26/99 0.105
09/07/99 0.105
05/28/99 0.105
03/04/99 0.105
11/25/98 0.105
09/04/98 0.095
05/29/98 0.095
03/05/98 0.095
11/25/97 0.095
09/03/97 0.085
05/30/97 0.085
03/06/97 0.085
11/26/96 0.085
09/04/96 0.075
05/30/96 0.075
03/07/96 0.075
11/28/95 0.075
08/30/95 0.075
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

CTB operates in the Auto Parts sector, among companies like Honeywell International, Inc. (NYSE:HON) which is off about 0.6% today, and Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE:JCI) trading lower by about 1%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of CTB, versus HON and JCI.

CTB,HON,JCI Relative Performance Chart


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