Bank of America Corporation, a financial holding company, provides a range of banking and nonbanking financial services and products in the United States and internationally.
BAC is a dividend aristocrat as well as a major component of the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials indexes. The company has been increasing its dividends for the past 30 consecutive years. From 1998 up until July 2008 this dividend growth stock has delivered an annual average total return of 3.60 % to its shareholders. Despite the 60% recent jump in the share price, the stock is down almost 26% since the start of the year.
If we invested $100,000 in BAC on December 31, 1997 we would have bought 3289 shares (Adjusted for a 2:1 stock split in 2004). In March 1998 your quarterly dividend income would have been $625. If you kept reinvesting the dividends though instead of spending them, your quarterly dividend income would have risen to $3143 by June 2008. For a period of ten and a half years, your quarterly dividend income has increased by 237%. If you reinvested it though, your quarterly dividend income would have increased by 403%.
Disclosure: I do not own shares of BAC