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Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) Shares Cross 4% Yield Mark

By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, September 17, 3:14 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE:DOW) were yielding above the 4% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.28), with the stock changing hands as low as $31.23 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. Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE:DOW) 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 Dow Chemical Co., looking at the history chart for DOW 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.

DOW Dividend History
Date Div*
06/27/12 0.320
03/28/12 0.250
12/28/11 0.250
09/28/11 0.250
06/28/11 0.250
03/29/11 0.150
12/29/10 0.150
09/28/10 0.150
06/28/10 0.150
03/29/10 0.150
12/29/09 0.150
09/28/09 0.150
06/26/09 0.150
03/27/09 0.150
12/29/08 0.420
09/26/08 0.420
06/26/08 0.420
03/27/08 0.420
12/27/07 0.420
09/26/07 0.420
06/27/07 0.420
03/28/07 0.375
12/27/06 0.375
09/27/06 0.375
06/28/06 0.375
03/29/06 0.375
12/28/05 0.335
09/28/05 0.335
06/28/05 0.335
03/29/05 0.335
12/29/04 0.335
09/28/04 0.335
06/28/04 0.335
03/29/04 0.335
12/29/03 0.335
09/26/03 0.335
06/26/03 0.335
03/26/03 0.335
12/27/02 0.335
09/26/02 0.335
06/26/02 0.335
03/26/02 0.335
12/27/01 0.335
09/26/01 0.335
06/27/01 0.335
03/28/01 0.169
12/27/00 0.290
09/27/00 0.290
06/28/00 0.290
03/29/00 0.290
12/29/99 0.290
09/28/99 0.290
06/28/99 0.290
03/29/99 0.290
12/29/98 0.290
09/28/98 0.290
06/26/98 0.290
03/27/98 0.290
12/29/97 0.290
09/26/97 0.290
06/26/97 0.290
03/26/97 0.250
12/27/96 0.250
09/26/96 0.250
06/26/96 0.250
03/27/96 0.250
12/27/95 0.250
09/27/95 0.250
* 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, DOW makes up 8.25% of the Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund ETF (AMEX:XLB) which is trading lower by about 1.4% on the day Monday.

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