Dividends4Life: What Determines A Dividend Stock’s Yield (DIV)

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If income investing were as simple as picking the stock with the highest yield, everyone would be an expert. Most assume (rightfully so) that yield is heavily influenced by risk, but much more goes into determining yield.

Risk still plays an important role in setting the yield for a company. Consider these energy companies with a similar yields: Chevron Corp. (CVX) with a 4.0% yield, Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) with a 3.0% yield and ConocoPhillips (COP) with a 4.1% yield. Then there is BP plc (BP) with a 9.0% yield. Is there any question which of these is the more risky stock to own?

Source: Dividends Value

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