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Unformatted text preview: In this section, you will begin by first looking at dividend
yields across companies in the United States to see what would comprise a low or a high
dividend yield, and then at changes in dividend yields for the entire market over time. You
will then look at the stocks that would have been identified as potential investments in the
United States in October 2002, based upon their dividend yields.
Dividend Yields: Across Companies and Over Time
What is a typical dividend yield for a company and how has it changed over time? It
is worth answering this question before you consider investment strategies based upon it. In
Figure 2.4, the distribution of dividend yields on companies that pay dividends in the United
States in October 2002 is presented.
Figure 2.4: Dividend Yields across U.S. Stocks
250 211 companies had
dividend yields between 1.5
and 2% 200 Number of firms 146 companies had dividend yields
that exceeded 8%.
150 100 50 >8% 7.5-8% 7-7.5% 6.5-7% 6-6.5% 5.5-6% 5-5.5% 4.5-5% 4-4.5%...
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