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PG&E Corp. (PCG) Shares Cross 4% Yield Mark

By Dividend Channel Staff, Thursday, August 2, 3:25 PM ET
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In trading on Thursday, shares of PG&E Corp. (NYSE:PCG) were yielding above the 4% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.82), with the stock changing hands as low as $45.21 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. PG&E Corp. (NYSE:PCG) 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 PG&E Corp. , looking at the history chart for PCG 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.

PCG Dividend History
Date Div*
06/28/12 0.455
03/28/12 0.455
12/28/11 0.455
09/29/11 0.455
06/28/11 0.455
03/29/11 0.455
12/29/10 0.455
09/28/10 0.455
06/28/10 0.455
03/29/10 0.455
12/29/09 0.420
09/28/09 0.420
06/26/09 0.420
03/27/09 0.420
12/29/08 0.390
09/26/08 0.390
06/26/08 0.390
03/27/08 0.390
12/27/07 0.360
09/27/07 0.360
06/28/07 0.360
03/28/07 0.360
12/27/06 0.330
09/28/06 0.330
06/29/06 0.330
03/29/06 0.330
12/28/05 0.330
10/05/05 0.300
06/28/05 0.300
03/29/05 0.300
12/13/00 0.300
09/13/00 0.300
06/13/00 0.300
03/13/00 0.300
12/13/99 0.300
09/13/99 0.300
06/11/99 0.300
03/11/99 0.300
12/11/98 0.300
09/11/98 0.300
06/11/98 0.300
03/12/98 0.300
12/11/97 0.300
09/11/97 0.300
06/12/97 0.300
03/12/97 0.300
12/12/96 0.300
09/12/96 0.490
06/12/96 0.490
03/13/96 0.490
12/13/95 0.490
09/13/95 0.490
* 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, PCG makes up 4.11% of the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund ETF (AMEX:XLU) which is trading lower by about 1% on the day Thursday.

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