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JCI Crosses Above 2% Yield Territory

By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, November 7, 3:09 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE:JCI) were yielding above the 2% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.64), with the stock changing hands as low as $31.85 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 2% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE:JCI) 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 Johnson Controls Inc, looking at the history chart for JCI 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 2% annual yield.

JCI Dividend History
Date Div*
09/07/11 0.160
06/08/11 0.160
03/09/11 0.160
12/08/10 0.160
09/08/10 0.130
06/09/10 0.130
03/10/10 0.130
12/09/09 0.130
09/09/09 0.130
06/10/09 0.130
03/11/09 0.130
12/10/08 0.130
09/10/08 0.130
06/11/08 0.130
03/12/08 0.130
12/12/07 0.130
09/12/07 0.110
06/13/07 0.110
03/14/07 0.110
12/13/06 0.110
09/11/06 0.093
06/07/06 0.093
03/08/06 0.093
12/12/05 0.093
09/07/05 0.083
06/08/05 0.083
03/09/05 0.083
12/13/04 0.083
09/08/04 0.075
06/09/04 0.075
03/10/04 0.075
12/10/03 0.075
09/10/03 0.060
06/11/03 0.060
03/12/03 0.060
12/11/02 0.060
09/11/02 0.055
06/12/02 0.055
03/06/02 0.055
12/12/01 0.055
06/13/01 0.052
03/07/01 0.052
12/06/00 0.052
09/11/00 0.047
06/07/00 0.047
03/08/00 0.047
12/13/99 0.047
09/08/99 0.042
06/09/99 0.042
03/10/99 0.038
12/09/98 0.042
09/09/98 0.038
06/10/98 0.038
03/11/98 0.038
12/10/97 0.038
09/08/97 0.036
06/04/97 0.036
03/05/97 0.036
12/04/96 0.036
09/04/96 0.034
06/05/96 0.034
02/28/96 0.034
12/06/95 0.034
09/06/95 0.033
* 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, JCI makes up 3.68% of the Cleantech Portfolio ETF (AMEX:PZD) which is trading lower by about 0.5% on the day Monday.

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JCI operates in the Auto Parts sector, among companies like American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc (NYSE:AXL) which is down about 1.1% today, and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (NYSE:CTB) trading lower by about 0.3%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of JCI, versus AXL and CTB.

JCI,AXL,CTB Relative Performance Chart


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