For the first four months of the year, positive dividend actions for companies in the S&P 500 Index equal levels achieved in 2006. The twelve initiated dividends this year are at their highest level during any point since 2004.
|From The Blog of HORAN Capital Advisors|
As the below table indicates, the sector contributing the largest percentage to the S&P 500's dividend income is now the consumer staples sector at just over 16%. In 2008, the financial sector was the largest contributor at more than 20%. Financials now account for 11.9% of the index's dividend income. Many investors and strategist seem to be counting on greater dividends from banking firms. This may materialize in the second half of 2011.
Data Source: Standard & Poor's