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S&P 500 Dividend Yield - Average data for S&P 500 Index Stocks
The S&P 500 Dividend Yield is a measure of how much companies that constitute the S&P 500 Index pays out dividends per year compared to their stock share price.
The S&P 500 Dividend Yield ratio is considered to be an important indicator of the health of the stock market. Here is how it is calculated; for each US Company, the annual dividends are summed and then divided by the sum of the stock price of the 500 companies that constitute the S&P 500 Index.
Historically, this S&P 500 ratio tells us that the US stock market is under priced when it has a high dividend yield. A low dividend yield could be a sign that the stock market is overpriced.
The S&P 500 Dividend Yield current value is equal to 1.96; the previous value is equal to 1.9. Historically, the S&P Index Dividend Yield fluctuated between 13.84% (in 1932, few years after the Black Tuesday) and 1.11% (in 2000).
Historical data for the S&P 500 Dividend Yield spans from 1881 to present and are downloaded by this object. The data is stored under "^S&P_500_DIVIDEND_YIELD" ticker symbol. S&P Earnings is another fundamental ratio that calculates the average earnings per share for all S&P 500 Index stocks. S&P 500 - Price to earnings ratio downloads the average price earnings ratio, PER, of S&P 500 Index stocks.