Exelon Corp. Shares Cross 5% Yield Mark

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According to Dividend Channel, in trading on Thursday, shares of Exelon Corp. (EXC) were yielding above the 5% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $2.10), with the stock changing hands as low as $41.97 on the day. Dividends are particularly important for investors to consider, because historically speaking dividends have provided a considerable share of the stock market's total return. To illustrate, suppose for example you purchased shares of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) back on 12/31/1998 — you would have paid $123.31 per share. Fast forward to 12/31/2010 and each share was worth $125.75 on that date, a mere $2.44 or 2% increase over all those years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $20.53 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 18.6%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.4%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 5% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Exelon Corp. (EXC) is an S&P 500 company, giving it special status as one of the large-cap companies making up the S&P 500 Index.

In general, dividend amounts are not always predictable and tend to follow the ups and downs of profitability at each company. In the case of Exelon Corp., looking at the history chart for EXC below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue, and in turn whether it is a reasonable expectation to expect a 5% annual yield.

EXC Dividend History


Date

Div*


05/12/11

0.525


02/11/11

0.525


11/10/10

0.525


08/12/10

0.525


05/12/10

0.525


02/11/10

0.525


11/10/09

0.525


08/12/09

0.525


05/13/09

0.525


02/11/09

0.525


11/12/08

0.525


08/13/08

0.500


05/13/08

0.500


02/13/08

0.500


11/13/07

0.440


08/13/07

0.440


05/11/07

0.440


02/13/07

0.440


11/13/06

0.400


08/11/06

0.400


05/11/06

0.400


02/13/06

0.400


11/10/05

0.400


08/11/05

0.400


05/11/05

0.400


02/11/05

0.400


11/10/04

0.400


08/11/04

0.305


05/12/04

0.275


02/11/04

0.275


11/12/03

0.250


08/13/03

0.250


05/13/03

0.230


02/12/03

0.230


11/13/02

0.220


08/13/02

0.220


05/13/02

0.220


02/13/02

0.220


11/13/01

0.211


08/13/01

0.211


05/11/01

0.211


02/13/01

0.277


08/28/00

0.125


05/25/00

0.125


02/23/00

0.125


11/10/99

0.125


08/25/99

0.125


05/26/99

0.125


02/18/99

0.125


11/10/98

0.125


08/19/98

0.125


05/20/98

0.125


02/18/98

0.125


11/12/97

0.225


08/20/97

0.225


05/21/97

0.225


02/18/97

0.225


11/13/96

0.225


08/21/96

0.217


05/22/96

0.217


02/16/96

0.217


11/13/95

0.217


08/21/95

0.203


* Data may be adjusted for splits; we are not responsible for data errors; always verify data with the company.




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According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, EXC makes up 12.66% of the Utilities HOLDRS ETF (UTH) which is trading lower by about 2.7% on the day Thursday.

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EXC operates in the Electric Utilities sector, among companies like American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP) which is off about 2.1% today, and NextEra Energy Inc (NEE) trading lower by about 2.3%. Below is a three month price history chart comparing the stock performance of EXC, versus AEP and NEE.

EXC,AEP,NEE Relative Performance Chart
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