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Kroger (KR) Shares Cross 2% Yield Mark


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Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , in trading on Friday, shares of Kroger Co (Symbol: KR) were yielding above the 2% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.48), with the stock changing hands as low as $20.46 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 12/31/1999 - you would have paid $146.88 per share. Fast forward to 12/31/2012 and each share was worth $142.41 on that date, a decrease of $4.67/share over all those years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $25.98 per share in dividends over the same period, for a positive total return of 23.36%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.6%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 2% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Kroger Co (Symbol: KR) 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 Kroger Co , looking at the history chart for KR 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 2% annual yield. KR+Dividend+History+Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, KR makes up 3.66% of the PowerShares Dynamic Food & Beverage Portfolio ETF (Symbol: PBJ) which is trading lower by about 2.2% on the day Friday.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.



This article appears in: Investing , Options
Referenced Symbols: SPY , KR , PBJ


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