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FCX Dividend Yield Pushes Past 3%

By Dividend Channel Staff, Monday, September 17, 3:13 PM ET
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In trading on Monday, shares of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.25), with the stock changing hands as low as $41.41 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 12/31/2011 and each share was worth $125.50 on that date, a mere $2.19 or 1.8% increase over all those years. But now consider that you collected a whopping $23.90 per share in dividends over the same period, increasing your return to 21.15%. Even with dividends reinvested, that only amounts to an average annual total return of about 1.7%; so by comparison collecting a yield above 3% would appear considerably attractive if that yield is sustainable. Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) 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 Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold, looking at the history chart for FCX 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 3% annual yield.

FCX Dividend History
Date Div*
07/11/12 0.313
04/11/12 0.313
01/11/12 0.250
10/12/11 0.250
07/13/11 0.250
04/13/11 0.250
01/12/11 0.250
10/13/10 0.150
07/13/10 0.150
04/13/10 0.075
01/13/10 0.075
10/10/08 0.250
07/11/08 0.219
04/11/08 0.219
01/11/08 0.219
10/11/07 0.157
07/12/07 0.157
04/12/07 0.157
01/11/07 0.157
10/12/06 0.157
09/12/06 0.375
07/13/06 0.160
06/13/06 0.375
04/12/06 0.157
03/13/06 0.250
01/12/06 0.157
12/13/05 0.250
10/12/05 0.125
09/13/05 0.250
07/13/05 0.125
04/13/05 0.125
03/11/05 0.250
01/12/05 0.125
12/16/04 0.125
10/13/04 0.125
07/13/04 0.100
04/13/04 0.100
01/13/04 0.100
10/10/03 0.045
07/11/03 0.045
04/11/03 0.045
10/14/98 0.025
07/14/98 0.025
04/14/98 0.025
01/14/98 0.025
10/10/97 0.113
07/11/97 0.113
04/11/97 0.113
01/13/97 0.113
10/10/96 0.113
07/11/96 0.113
04/11/96 0.113
10/12/95 0.113
* 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, FCX makes up 8.26% of the iShares Dow Jones U.S. Basic Materials Sector Index Fund ETF (AMEX:IYM) which is trading lower by about 1.6% on the day Monday.

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