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BP Investments and the Role of Ethics and Risk Management

Published Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:46:56 -0400 on Seeking Alpha

The current situation with BP (BP) raises a bevy of thorny questions, not the least of which is how pensions and other types of institutional investors should deal with the asset allocation fallout.Let's start with the facts about institutional ownership of BP. According to Yahoo Finance and as excerpted in the table below, over 1,000 institutions owned stock in BP as of late March 2010. A relatively high dividend payout rate and dividend yield likely held great appeal for organizations seeking stability.... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
BP 37.67   14.3 2.64 2.44 6.45
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL A 68.62   27.1 2.59 3.76 5.35
WELLS FARGO 48.65   10.0 4.84 2.04 4.22
MORGAN STANLEY 44.32   9.7 4.59 1.40 3.21
BANK OF AMERICA 29.67   10.6 2.80 0.72 2.45