A Breakdown of the S&P 500's Dividend Paying Companies

CrownThomas's picture

Just in case the mainstream media's "record profit" narrative takes a hit during Q1 earnings announcements (which has a very good chance of happening), and you have to actually put some analysis together when buying stocks, here is a breakdown of the S&P 500's dividend paying companies that you may want to take a look at. 


First, the top 20 S&P 500 companies by Declared Dividend


Next, the top 20 S&P 500 companies by Dividend Yield


And finally, the top 20 S&P 500 companies by Dividend Payout Ratio (Note that it would be wise to study these a bit more closely, as this is a ratio of the most recent dividends paid out vs. earnings per share. A ratio of 100% or greater means that all earnings were paid out in the form of dividends. Any decline in earnings would mean they'd have to chip away at any cash already on the balance sheet, and probably is not sustainable over any lengthly period of time.)

Here's looking at you Bank of America, paying out 486% more than you earn (but Brian Moynihan promises that no additional capital is required, so please buy the stock)



Source: Bloomberg

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awakening's picture

BAC = TBTF = US Gov to the rescue, curtosy of tax payers. Don't kick up a fuss (besides bad blood pressure being bad for your health) as it's only fiat currency after all.

TooRichtoCare's picture

So...the point is, buy the ones that are on list 2 (high paying dividend yield) but NOT if they're also on list 3....like Frontier Communications, Windstream, Verizon, AT&T .....Cool, thanks. Very helpful.

EXELON is a good choice, and it's currently trading at the lower end of its recent 38-45 trading range.  It's bounced back & forth between the upper and lower limits several times per year in the last 3 years, so there's a reasonable chance of a 10% capital gain to add to the 5% dividend yield. And hey, you never know, if some version of cap n trade comes back EXC could find its way back in the low 50s, which is where it was before cap n trade was killed. 

ReactionToClosedMinds's picture

PBCT (@ 111.1)  has been  a relatively well-run bank  .... re-capitalized before Fall 2008 ...maybe worst they suffered was UK credit card defaults where they were an innovator in that market  (speculating on defualts or forgot actual info) ...... just shows how anemic bank profits are now even if you are did nothing wrong and are well-run.


Disclosure: own a mighty 200 shares of PBCT .... bought into the recap ... so been underwater but at least their balance sheet is strong ... and clean .... they will survive at least ... I think

rocker's picture

Please, this is a Joke right ???

walküre's picture

Oh please. The CFTC shaking down a Canadian bank "Chicago style" when Corzine is not even considered a crook. They're accusing RBC of wash trades but CITI traded gazillions of shares daily 2009 and onward. Is the CFTC serious about HFT price manipulation and front running or are they just going after foreign capital? What a pathetic excuse for a US regulatory body. Read the comment section over there. Quite funny to read what the Canucks post openly about common US corruption. Imagine WSJ or NYT calling a spade a spade?

Lady Heather...UNCLE's picture

So all those >100% payout companies are effectively returning capital from the line item BAC stockholders equity. Unless they're borrowing to do it. Me thinks I wouldn't invest in BAC ..is it a good company? <sarc>