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Home Depot Inc (HD) Shares Cross 3% Yield Mark

By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, November 30, 3:06 PM ET
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In trading on Wednesday, shares of Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.16), with the stock changing hands as low as $38.64 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 S&P 500 ETF (SPY) back on 12/31/1998 you would have paid $123.31 per share. Fast forward to 12/31/2010 and each share was worth $125.75 on that date, a mere $2.44 or 2% increase over all those years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $20.53 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 18.6%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.4%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 3% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) is an S&P 500 company, giving it special status as one of the large-cap companies making up the S&P 500 Index.

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 Home Depot Inc, looking at the history chart for HD 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.

HD Dividend History
Date Div*
11/29/11 0.290
08/30/11 0.250
06/14/11 0.250
03/08/11 0.250
11/30/10 0.236
08/31/10 0.236
06/01/10 0.236
03/09/10 0.236
12/01/09 0.225
09/01/09 0.225
06/09/09 0.225
03/10/09 0.225
12/02/08 0.225
09/02/08 0.225
06/03/08 0.225
03/11/08 0.225
11/27/07 0.225
08/28/07 0.225
06/05/07 0.225
03/06/07 0.225
11/28/06 0.225
09/05/06 0.150
06/06/06 0.150
03/07/06 0.150
11/29/05 0.100
08/30/05 0.100
06/07/05 0.100
03/08/05 0.100
11/30/04 0.085
08/31/04 0.085
06/08/04 0.085
03/09/04 0.070
12/02/03 0.070
09/02/03 0.070
06/10/03 0.060
03/11/03 0.060
12/03/02 0.060
09/03/02 0.050
06/11/02 0.050
03/12/02 0.050
11/28/01 0.050
08/28/01 0.040
06/12/01 0.040
03/06/01 0.040
11/28/00 0.040
08/29/00 0.040
06/13/00 0.040
03/07/00 0.040
11/30/99 0.040
08/31/99 0.027
06/08/99 0.027
03/02/99 0.020
12/01/98 0.020
09/01/98 0.020
06/09/98 0.020
03/03/98 0.017
12/02/97 0.017
09/09/97 0.017
06/10/97 0.017
03/11/97 0.013
12/03/96 0.013
09/10/96 0.013
06/07/96 0.013
03/06/96 0.011
12/06/95 0.011
09/07/95 0.011
* 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, HD makes up 13.76% of the Retail HOLDRS ETF (AMEX:RTH) which is trading higher by about 0.8% on the day Wednesday.

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HD operates in the Home Improvement Stores sector, among companies like Lowe's Companies Inc (NYSE:LOW) which is off about 2.1% today, and Fastenal Co. (NASDAQ:FAST) trading higher by about 2.9%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of HD, versus LOW and FAST.

HD,LOW,FAST Relative Performance Chart


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