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ACE Dividend Yield Pushes Past 2%

By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, December 7, 3:13 PM ET
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In trading on Wednesday, shares of ACE, Ltd. (NYSE:ACE) were yielding above the 2% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.40), with the stock changing hands as low as $69.31 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. ACE, Ltd. (NYSE:ACE) 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 ACE, Ltd., looking at the history chart for ACE 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.

ACE Dividend History
Date Div*
09/28/11 0.350
06/28/11 0.350
03/30/11 0.330
12/14/10 0.330
09/29/10 0.330
07/23/10 0.330
03/29/10 0.310
12/15/09 0.310
09/29/09 0.310
07/24/09 0.310
03/27/09 0.250
01/06/09 0.270
10/09/08 0.260
06/26/08 0.290
03/27/08 0.270
12/27/07 0.270
09/26/07 0.270
06/27/07 0.270
03/28/07 0.250
12/27/06 0.250
09/27/06 0.250
06/28/06 0.250
03/29/06 0.230
12/28/05 0.230
09/28/05 0.230
06/28/05 0.230
03/29/05 0.210
12/29/04 0.210
09/28/04 0.210
06/28/04 0.210
03/29/04 0.190
12/29/03 0.190
09/26/03 0.190
06/26/03 0.190
03/27/03 0.170
12/24/02 0.170
09/25/02 0.170
06/26/02 0.170
03/26/02 0.150
12/27/01 0.150
09/26/01 0.150
06/27/01 0.150
05/11/01 0.150
03/28/01 0.130
12/27/00 0.130
09/27/00 0.130
06/28/00 0.130
03/29/00 0.110
12/29/99 0.110
09/28/99 0.110
06/28/99 0.110
03/29/99 0.090
12/11/98 0.090
09/28/98 0.090
06/26/98 0.090
03/27/98 0.080
12/10/97 0.240
09/26/97 0.220
06/26/97 0.220
03/26/97 0.180
12/27/96 0.180
09/26/96 0.180
06/12/96 0.180
03/27/96 0.140
12/27/95 0.140
09/27/95 0.140
* 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, ACE makes up 6.73% of the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Insurance Index Fund ETF (AMEX:IAK) which is trading lower by about 0.5% on the day Wednesday.

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ACE operates in the Insurance Brokers sector, among companies like Loews Corp. (NYSE:L) which is down about 0.8% today, and Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. (NYSE:MMC) trading higher by about 0.7%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of ACE, versus L and MMC.

ACE,L,MMC Relative Performance Chart


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