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Why Does AT&T Have A 5% Dividend Yield?

ByBlack Coral Research:

By Clinton Holmes

Seriously, when I first saw AT&T’s (NYSE:T) dividend yield was above 5%, I couldn’t believe it. AT&T is a long-standing proven company. Over the last two decades, AT&T has had multiple periods of explosive growth.

The first period of growth came between 1995 and 2005 when revenue and net income almost tripled due to the activation of AT&T’s mobile infrastructure.

T Revenue (Annual) data by YCharts

The second period of growth came between 2005 and 2009 when revenue tripled and net income doubled thanks in large part to AT&T’s exclusive rights to Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone.

With interest rates still in the gutter, it doesn’t make sense to me that investors haven’t driven the 5% dividend yield down by gobbling up shares of AT&T. As you can see, there has actually been a divergence between the dividend yield of AT&T and the SPDR Barclay TIPS ETF (NYSEARCA:IPE).


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