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How Vodafone’s Dividend Yield Stacks Up against Its Peers’

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Vodafone’s dividend yield

A dividend yield is a measure of a company’s annual dividend per share relative to its price per share. It indicates how much cash an investor is getting for every dollar invested in a company’s equity. A high dividend yield is a good sign, as it provides investors with a stable income.

Vodafone’s (VOD) dividend yield was ~6.1% on December 19, 2016, higher than China Mobile’s (CHL), Verizon’s (VZ), and AT&T’s (T) dividend yields of ~3.3%, ~4.5%, and ~4.7%, respectively.

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Shareholder returns and stock trends

On December 19, 2016, Vodafone’s stock was trading at $25.13. The stock was trading 1% above its 20-day moving average of $24.88, 4.6% below its 50-day moving average of $26.33, and 11.2% below its 100-day moving average of $28.30.

On December 19, Vodafone’s stock price had fallen ~19.5% in the past year. However, Vodafone’s stock price had fallen ~2.2% in the past month on the same date.

Vodafone’s scale

As you can see in the above graph, on December 19, 2016, Vodafone was the fourth-largest global telecommunications (telecom) company by market capitalization at ~$67.3 billion.

On the same date, the largest global telecom company was AT&T, with a market capitalization of ~$258.7 billion. The second-largest player was Verizon, and the third-largest player was China Mobile.

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