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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMY) Shares Cross 4% Yield Mark

By Dividend Channel Staff, Thursday, August 2, 3:17 PM ET
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In trading on Thursday, shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE:BMY) were yielding above the 4% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.36), with the stock changing hands as low as $32.56 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 12/31/2011 and each share was worth $125.50 on that date, a mere $2.19 or 1.8% increase over all those years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $23.90 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 21.15%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.7%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 4% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE:BMY) 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 Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., looking at the history chart for BMY 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 4% annual yield.

BMY Dividend History
Date Div*
07/03/12 0.340
04/03/12 0.340
01/04/12 0.340
10/06/11 0.330
06/29/11 0.330
03/30/11 0.330
01/05/11 0.330
09/29/10 0.320
06/30/10 0.320
03/30/10 0.320
12/30/09 0.320
09/30/09 0.310
07/01/09 0.310
04/01/09 0.310
12/30/08 0.310
10/01/08 0.310
07/02/08 0.310
04/02/08 0.310
01/02/08 0.310
10/03/07 0.280
07/03/07 0.280
04/03/07 0.280
01/03/07 0.280
10/04/06 0.280
07/05/06 0.280
04/05/06 0.280
01/04/06 0.280
10/05/05 0.280
06/29/05 0.280
03/30/05 0.280
01/05/05 0.280
09/29/04 0.280
06/30/04 0.280
03/31/04 0.280
12/30/03 0.280
10/01/03 0.280
07/01/03 0.280
04/02/03 0.280
12/31/02 0.280
10/02/02 0.280
07/02/02 0.280
04/03/02 0.280
01/02/02 0.280
10/03/01 0.275
07/03/01 0.275
04/04/01 0.275
01/03/01 0.275
10/04/00 0.245
07/05/00 0.245
04/05/00 0.245
01/05/00 0.245
09/29/99 0.215
06/30/99 0.216
03/30/99 0.215
01/06/99 0.215
09/30/98 0.195
06/30/98 0.195
04/01/98 0.195
12/30/97 0.195
10/01/97 0.190
07/01/97 0.190
04/02/97 0.190
12/31/96 0.190
10/02/96 0.188
07/02/96 0.188
04/02/96 0.188
01/03/96 0.188
10/04/95 0.185
* 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, BMY makes up 5.81% of the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Pharmaceuticals Index Fund ETF (AMEX:IHE) which is trading lower by about 1.5% on the day Thursday.

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