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ETN Dividend Yield Pushes Past 3%

By Dividend Channel Staff, Wednesday, January 4, 3:16 PM ET
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In trading on Wednesday, shares of Eaton Corp. (NYSE:ETN) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.36), with the stock changing hands as low as $45.16 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. Eaton Corp. (NYSE:ETN) 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 Eaton Corp., looking at the history chart for ETN 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.

ETN Dividend History
Date Div*
11/03/11 0.340
08/04/11 0.340
05/05/11 0.340
02/03/11 0.340
11/04/10 0.290
08/05/10 0.290
05/06/10 0.250
02/04/10 0.250
11/05/09 0.250
07/30/09 0.250
04/30/09 0.250
02/05/09 0.250
10/30/08 0.250
07/31/08 0.250
05/01/08 0.250
01/31/08 0.250
11/01/07 0.215
08/02/07 0.215
05/03/07 0.215
02/01/07 0.215
11/02/06 0.195
08/03/06 0.195
05/04/06 0.175
02/02/06 0.175
11/03/05 0.155
08/04/05 0.155
05/05/05 0.155
02/03/05 0.155
11/04/04 0.135
08/05/04 0.135
05/06/04 0.135
02/05/04 0.135
10/30/03 0.120
07/31/03 0.120
05/01/03 0.110
01/30/03 0.110
10/31/02 0.110
08/01/02 0.110
05/02/02 0.110
01/31/02 0.110
11/01/01 0.110
08/02/01 0.110
05/03/01 0.110
02/01/01 0.110
01/02/01 2.616
11/02/00 0.110
08/03/00 0.110
05/04/00 0.110
02/03/00 0.110
11/04/99 0.110
08/05/99 0.110
05/06/99 0.110
02/04/99 0.110
11/05/98 0.110
07/30/98 0.110
04/30/98 0.110
02/05/98 0.110
10/30/97 0.110
07/31/97 0.110
05/01/97 0.110
01/30/97 0.100
10/31/96 0.100
08/01/96 0.100
05/02/96 0.100
02/01/96 0.100
11/02/95 0.100
08/03/95 0.100
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

ETN makes up 2.66% of the iShares MSCI USA ESG Select Social Index Fund ETF (AMEX:KLD)

ETN operates in the Industrial Machinery & Equipment sector, among companies like Circor International Inc (NYSE:CIR) which is down about 0.3% today, and TriMas Corp (NASDAQ:TRS) trading up by about 0.3%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of ETN, versus CIR and TRS.

ETN,CIR,TRS Relative Performance Chart


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