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NASDAQ Dividends: History, Yields, Payers, and More

The NASDAQ 100 is an index that is focused primarily on Technology and Services stocks. Companies in the index are highly tracked by analysts and investors, but how is the index when it comes to dividends? Below, we analyze the NASDAQ components and their dividends.

All data as of all data as of 01/23/15.

NASDAQ Dividend History

While almost half of the NASDAQ 100 components do not offer a dividend, there are several companies within the index with impressive dividend histories. There are 20 companies in the NASDAQ 100 that have been raising dividend payouts for the last five years, eight companies that have been boosting dividends for at least 10 years and four companies that have raised dividends for over 20 consecutive years.

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NASDAQ Dividend Yields

About half of the NASDAQ index does not pay a dividend. The companies that do offer shareholders a dividend tend to offer low yielding dividends. In comparison, the S&P 500 has over 400 companies that pay dividends and all 30 components of the Dow pay a dividend. Here is an overview of the NASDAQ dividend yield.

Consecutive Dividend Increases

For many dividend investors, a company’s commitment to raising dividends every year is essential when making an investment. The majority of the dividend payers in the NASDAQ have raised dividends consecutively for between two and four years, while only four companies have boosted dividends for more than 20 years.

Below are all of the dividend paying NASDAQ stocks, with their average yield (as of January 2015), sector and number of years with consecutive dividend increases.

Sectors of the NASDAQ

Technology stocks make up almost half of the NASDAQ index, while stocks in the Services sector make up about 35% of the index. In general, Technology stocks are not known for paying attractive dividends, although more of these companies are starting to pay a regular dividend.

The Dividend Payers of the NASDAQ

The Bottom Line

Stocks in the NASDAQ are very popular choices for investors, but are much less attractive to dividend payers than the S&P 500 or the Dow 30. There are only a handful of stocks in the NASDAQ that give investors good yields with an impressive history of raises.