In trading on Monday, shares of Exxon Mobil were yielding above the 6% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $3.52), with the stock changing hands as low as $57.96 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)
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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 Exxon Mobil, looking at the history chart for XOM 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 6% annual yield.
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XOM has been growing its dividend for more than 20 years consecutively. For more dividend growth stocks view our Dividend Aristocrats List on Dividend Channel.