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Dividends By The Numbers In October 2019

Published Thu, 07 Nov 2019 04:01:37 -0500 on Seeking Alpha

October 2019 presents a mixed picture for the relative health of dividend-paying companies in the U.S. stock market. The good news is that the number of dividend cuts, a measure of the relative level of distress in the U.S. economy, dropped below the level that suggests the U.S. economy is experiencing recessionary conditions. The bad news is that the number of dividend increases recorded during the month was at its lowest level for any October since 2011, where this measure indicates that growth in the U.S. economy is slowing down.
The following chart shows the number of U.S. firms either increasing (blue) or decreasing (red) their dividends in each month since January 2004.

Before we review the metadata for October 2019's dividend payers, we need to catch up with Standard & Poor's revisions to its dividend statistics for the previous month. Here is how the numbers for September 2019 changed from what S&P previously reported in early October 2019.
Dividend declarations for September 2019 was revised up from 3,686 to 4,020. Extra (or special) dividend payments were revised upward from 21 to 24. Dividend rises changed from 50 to 67 for the month. Resumptions were revised upward from 7 to 8. The number of dividend cuts remained unchanged at 27. Omitted dividends were revised up from 7 to 8 for September 2019. With all the figures either increasing or unchanged, we suspect that S&P's automated systems simply missed a portion of September 2019's dividend... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
CORNERSTONE TOTAL RETURN FUND 11.38   0.0 0.00 2.48 22.00
ZWEIG FUND 10.98   0.0 0.00 1.44 13.14
LIBERTY ALL STAR EQUITY FUND 6.38   0.0 0.00 0.65 10.30
PROSHARES ULTRAPRO SHORT S&P 500 25.26   0.0 0.00 0.00 2.32
SPDR DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE ETF TRUST 272.32   0.0 0.00 5.67 2.10
PROSHARES ULTRASHORT S&P 500 28.97   0.0 0.00 0.00 1.97
SPDR S&P 500 ETF 301.29   0.0 0.00 5.42 1.82
POWERSHARES QQQ TRUST SERIES 1 193.23   0.0 0.00 1.49 0.78

CORNERSTONE TOTAL RETURN FUND - CRF
CORNERSTONE TOTAL RETURN FUND - CRF  


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