Thursday, April 01, 2010

Dividend Payers Outperform Non Payers In First Quarter Of 2010

During the first quarter of 2010, the dividend payers in the S&P 500 Index outperformed the non dividend paying issues. The outperformance was small with the payers average return equaling 8.37% versus 8.35% for the non payers. In the month of March, no S&P 500 company reduced or suspended its dividend. This compares to March 2009 when 12 companies reduced their dividends.

What is interesting to note about the quarterly performance results is the dividend payers only outperforming month was January when the the payers were down 2.5% and the non payers were down 4.8%. Losing less money in down markets is one key to achieving longer term performance goals. Dividend payers are one way to take advantage of this performance advantage.

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