A New Year, More of the Same
January 5, 2015
U.S. markets experienced a sharp sell-off on Monday as investor sentiment here and abroad continued to be weighed by free-falling energy prices and currency concerns. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 330 points during session lows, and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Crude Oil bottomed out at $49.95 on the day, crossing the critical $50 threshold. The VIX index, which tracks U.S. market volatility, soared as much as 19.7%.
While fear, global events and other factors continue to contribute to stock price volatility, we believe dividend growth provides a level of stability for investors seeking solace from these tumultuous markets. As Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices recently pointed out, 2014 cash dividends for the S&P 500 increased 12.7% over 2013, posting another new record. Additionally, Howard says “at the current declared rate, 2015 is already set to beat 2014 by 4.4%, and that is before any 2015 increases” (Source: S&P 500 December 2014: Time to Celebrate, 12/31/2014).
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Dow Jones Industrial Average: A price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. S&P 500: A broad stock market index based on the market capitalization of 500 large companies having common stock listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ. The S&P 500 was developed and continues to be maintained by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, and is considered to be a bellwether for the US economy.
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