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MSI Dividend Yield Pushes Past 2%

By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, November 23, 3:06 PM ET
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In trading on Wednesday, shares of Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) were yielding above the 2% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.88), with the stock changing hands as low as $43.53 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. Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) 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 Motorola Solutions Inc., looking at the history chart for MSI 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.

MSI Dividend History
Date Div*
09/13/11 0.220
12/11/08 0.350
09/11/08 0.350
06/12/08 0.350
03/12/08 0.350
12/12/07 0.350
09/12/07 0.350
06/13/07 0.350
12/13/06 0.350
09/13/06 0.350
06/13/06 0.350
03/13/06 0.280
12/13/05 0.280
09/13/05 0.280
06/13/05 0.280
03/11/05 0.280
12/13/04 0.280
12/03/04 14.392
09/13/04 0.280
06/14/04 0.280
03/11/04 0.280
12/11/03 0.280
09/11/03 0.280
06/11/03 0.280
03/12/03 0.280
12/12/02 0.280
09/11/02 0.280
06/12/02 0.280
03/13/02 0.280
12/12/01 0.280
06/13/01 0.280
03/13/01 0.280
12/13/00 0.280
09/13/00 0.280
06/13/00 0.280
03/13/00 0.840
12/13/99 0.840
09/13/99 0.840
06/11/99 0.840
03/11/99 0.840
12/11/98 0.840
09/11/98 0.840
06/11/98 0.840
03/11/98 0.840
12/11/97 0.840
09/12/97 0.840
06/12/97 0.840
03/12/97 0.840
12/11/96 0.840
09/11/96 0.840
06/12/96 0.840
03/13/96 0.700
12/13/95 0.700
09/13/95 0.700
* 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, MSI makes up 9.34% of the iShares S&P North American Technology-Multimedia Networking Index Fund ETF (AMEX:IGN) which is trading lower by about 2.2% on the day Wednesday.

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MSI operates in the Manufacturing sector, among companies like Ditech Networks Inc (DITC), and Zoom Technologies Inc (ZOOM).


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