The Singapore Exchange released a report on the performance of the constituent stocks that make up the Straits Time Index (STI) on 6 January 2012. You can view this report on its web-pages.
It reports on the dividend yield of these stocks at the end of 2011 and the share price return from start to end of 2011. Adding the two figures together gives the Total Return.
I re-produce data of some stocks (excluding REITS) in the following table.
|Dividend Yield (%)||Price Return (%)||Total Return (%)|
In terms of dividend yield, Singapore Telecommunication came up top at 8.69 per cent followed closely by StarHub. It is to be borne in mind that some stocks gave out special dividends during the year like SIA and Singtel and the dividend yield figures include total dividends paid out by companies.
Based on 14 stocks listed above, the dividend payout was at least 2.8 per cent and above. This is a good yield when compared with other investment products.
2011 was a year when the STI declined. Almost all stocks in the STI suffered price decline from the start to end of 2011. The Total Return factors in price decline besides dividend payout. However these price declines are just on paper and it will remain so until you sell off the stocks and realise the share price losses.
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