Published Wed, 30 Jan 2019 05:48:30 -0500 on Seeking Alpha
UK dividend payouts came within touching distance of £100 billion last year. At a time when many of us were trying to brave out the weak momentum that was pummelling prices across the board, payouts from income stocks actually stayed solid.
Overall, the record £99.8 billion total payout was up by 5.1 percent on 2017, according to Link Asset Services, which tracks UK dividends. That performance was driven by robust earnings growth, some special payouts that beat expectations and the effects of a fall in the value of sterling (which catalysed dividends paid in foreign currencies).
So where were the big dividend stories? Encouragingly, there was uplift right across the market, with nine of the 10 main industry sectors seeing dividend growth in 2018. But there were some notable cases...
Over the past 18 months it's been pretty clear that several large mining stocks have been riding a wave of stronger commodity prices. At first, this manifested in some big wins for value investors - with bargain-basement miners rebounding from cyclical lows.
From 2017 onwards, those improving conditions fed through to dividends. There has been bumper payout growth from the likes of BHP (NYSE: BHP), Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO) and Anglo American (OTCPK: AAUKY) - which in the past have been some of the biggest dividend payers in the market. And according to the latest stats, mining was the sector that contributed most to dividend payout growth last year.
Banking stocks also did... Read more
|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|ROYAL DUTCH SHELL A||68.62||27.1||2.59||3.76||5.35|
|ROYAL DUTCH SHELL B||70.13||0.0||0.00||3.76||5.23|
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