Those stocks, such as Altria and Verizon, carry the top yields, but their flagging prices negate the sweet payouts, according to Bespoke.
While company payouts hit a record, economic problems should slow that pace up ahead, a Janus Henderson study warns.
Companies, tightfisted on payouts since last year’s market wipeout, feel flush now, Credit Suisse says.
The last time that happened was during the financial crisis, Bespoke says.
Lower P/Es, buybacks, small investor trading, and the fear gauge don’t paint a picture of panic.