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By Dividend Channel Staff, Tuesday, September 18, 3:09 PM ET
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In trading on Tuesday, shares of Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $2.56), with the stock changing hands as low as $84.84 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 3% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) 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 Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., looking at the history chart for APD 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.

APD Dividend History
Date Div*
06/28/12 0.640
03/29/12 0.640
12/29/11 0.580
09/29/11 0.580
06/29/11 0.580
03/30/11 0.580
12/30/10 0.490
09/29/10 0.490
06/29/10 0.490
03/30/10 0.490
12/30/09 0.450
09/29/09 0.450
06/29/09 0.450
03/30/09 0.450
12/30/08 0.440
06/27/08 0.440
03/28/08 0.440
12/28/07 0.380
09/27/07 0.380
06/28/07 0.380
03/29/07 0.380
12/28/06 0.340
09/28/06 0.340
06/29/06 0.340
03/30/06 0.340
12/29/05 0.320
09/29/05 0.320
06/29/05 0.320
03/30/05 0.320
12/30/04 0.290
09/29/04 0.290
06/29/04 0.290
03/30/04 0.230
12/30/03 0.230
09/29/03 0.230
06/27/03 0.230
03/28/03 0.210
12/30/02 0.210
09/27/02 0.210
06/27/02 0.210
03/27/02 0.200
12/28/01 0.200
09/27/01 0.200
06/28/01 0.200
03/29/01 0.190
12/28/00 0.190
09/28/00 0.190
06/29/00 0.190
03/30/00 0.180
12/31/99 0.180
09/29/99 0.180
06/29/99 0.180
03/30/99 0.170
12/30/98 0.170
09/29/98 0.170
06/29/98 0.170
03/30/98 0.150
12/30/97 0.150
09/29/97 0.150
06/27/97 0.150
03/27/97 0.138
12/30/96 0.138
09/27/96 0.138
06/27/96 0.138
03/28/96 0.130
12/28/95 0.130
09/28/95 0.130
* 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, APD makes up 4.12% of the Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund ETF (AMEX:XLB) which is trading lower by about 0.6% on the day Tuesday.

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