Market Wrap-Up for June 21 (BAC, C, BBBY, PM, CAG, HD, more)
By: Dividend Daily
Posted on June 21, 2012 at 16:16 PM EDT
Weaker-than-expected economic data (jobless claims, existing home sales, etc.) kept a lid on today’s stock tape as investors scrambled to find areas of the market to position themselves in. News that ratings agency Moody’s (MCO) cut be setting up to cut more bank ratings also added to the selling intensity we saw in the afternoon. [...]
Weaker-than-expected economic data (jobless claims, existing home sales, etc.) kept a lid on today’s stock tape as investors scrambled to find areas of the market to position themselves in. News that ratings agency Moody’s (MCO) cut be setting up to cut more bank ratings also added to the selling intensity we saw in the afternoon. On those rumors alone, Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Deutsche Bank (DB) were down between 3-4% on the day.
Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which by the way is not a dividend payer but should be, reported disappointing guidance and the stock got hit hard (down 17%). Other home-related retailers like Home Depot (HD) and Lowe’s (LOW) were also lower early on as a result. On the flipside, earnings results helped lift packaged-food maker ConAgra (CAG) higher. Lastly, tobacco play Phillip Morris International (PM) ended lower following the company’s reduced EPS guidance (marking the second time in recent months the company has trimmed expectations).
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Financial blog DailyReckoning.com recently took a look at the difference dividend payouts made in the overall return investors saw throughout the prior decades. Here are some of the highlights:
- The Nasdaq is down 28% since the end of 1999. Even the “blue chip” S&P 500 stocks are down 15% during that time frame…until you add back those “boring” dividends. With dividends included, the S&P 500′s 15% loss flips to a 6% gain.
- Without dividends, the S&P 500 index would have produced a loss for the 25 long years from August 1929 to August 1954. Then again, without dividends, the S&P 500 produced a 5% loss during the 13 years from September 1961 to September 1974. But with dividends included, the S&P’s loss became a 46% gain.
- Over the course of the last half-century, dividends have contributed more than half of the stock market’s total return — 56%, to be exact.
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