Shell’s dividend yield
As Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) has consistently given returns to shareholders in the form of dividends, we’ve evaluated its dividend yield. Yield is calculated as a ratio of annualized dividends to stock price.
Shell’s dividend yield rose from 5.5% in 4Q13 to 7.4% in 4Q16. This is due to an increase in its dividend coupled with a decline in its stock price.
Peers’ dividend yields
Chevron’s (CVX) dividend yield also rose, from 3.3% in 4Q13 to 4.1% in 4Q16. BP’s (BP) dividend yield surged from 5.4% to 6.1%, and ExxonMobil’s (XOM) dividend yield improved from 2.8% in 4Q13 to 3.6% in 4Q16. If you’re seeking exposure to large US companies, you could consider the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA), which has a ~6% exposure to integrated energy majors ExxonMobil and Chevron.