Published Wed, 03 Oct 2018 06:41:21 -0400 on Seeking Alpha
September is typically the worst month of the year for tracking positive changes for dividends in the U.S. stock market. While the month of June can provide it with real competition, in most years September ranks the lowest for the number of announced dividend increases.
Having now set the stage for what you're about to see, the following chart illustrates the number of dividend increases and decreases that have been declared in each month from January 2004 through September 2018.
Let's run through the dividend numbers for both September 2018 and 2018-Q3 to see how it compares to the previous month, the same month in the previous year, and the same quarter in the previous year...
3,623 firms issued some kind of announcement about their dividend policies in September 2018, which is up month over month by 71 from the 3,552 that declared dividends in August 2018, and also up year over year by 90 from the 3,533 that declared dividends in September 2017. For 2018-Q3, there were a total of 10,428 dividend declarations, which was up 404 from 2017-Q3's total of 10,024. September 2018 saw 24 U.S. firms announce that they would pay a special (or extra) dividend to their shareholders. This total is down by 7 from the 31 that paid special dividends in August 2018 but up by 7 from the 17 that were recorded in September 2017. While 2017-Q3 saw the announcement of 67 extra dividend payments, 2018-Q3 saw 77, an increase of 10 in the quarter-over-quarter measure. Just 71... Read more
|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|CORNERSTONE TOTAL RETURN FUND||12.03||0.0||0.00||0.00||19.80|
|LIBERTY ALL STAR EQUITY FUND||6.04||0.0||0.00||0.00||9.97|
|SPDR S&P 500 ETF||274.38||0.0||0.00||0.00||2.09|
|PROSHARES ULTRASHORT S&P 500||35.61||0.0||0.00||0.00||1.99|
|POWERSHARES QQQ TRUST SERIES 1||171.94||0.0||0.00||1.68||0.98|
|SPDR DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ETF TRUST||255.16||0.0||0.00||0.00||0.82|
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