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By Dividend Channel Staff, Tuesday, April 10, 3:16 PM ET
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In trading on Tuesday, shares of Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ:STLD) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.40), with the stock changing hands as low as $13.28 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 iShares Russell 3000 ETF (IWV) back on 5/31/2000 you would have paid $78.27 per share. Fast forward to 5/31/2011 and each share was worth $80.78 on that date, a mere $2.51 or 3.2% increase over eleven years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $9.69 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 20.27%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.7%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 3% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Steel Dynamics Inc. (NASDAQ:STLD) is a member of the Russell 3000, giving it special status as one of the largest 3000 companies on the U.S. stock markets.

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 Steel Dynamics Inc., looking at the history chart for STLD 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.

STLD Dividend History
Date Div*
03/28/12 0.100
12/28/11 0.100
09/28/11 0.100
06/28/11 0.100
03/29/11 0.100
12/29/10 0.075
09/28/10 0.075
06/28/10 0.075
03/29/10 0.075
12/29/09 0.075
09/28/09 0.075
06/26/09 0.075
03/27/09 0.100
12/29/08 0.100
09/26/08 0.100
06/26/08 0.100
03/27/08 0.050
12/27/07 0.075
09/26/07 0.075
06/27/07 0.075
03/28/07 0.075
12/28/06 0.075
09/27/06 0.075
06/28/06 0.050
03/29/06 0.050
12/28/05 0.025
09/28/05 0.025
06/28/05 0.025
03/29/05 0.025
12/29/04 0.025
09/28/04 0.019
07/22/04 0.019
* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.

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According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, STLD makes up 4.36% of the Steel ETF (AMEX:SLX) which is trading lower by about 2.7% on the day Tuesday.

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