FYI: Dividend stocks are in fashion right now among investors. A sustained run of low interest rates on fixed-income assets will do that.
Yet, while dividends are a key foundation for many stocks, with their quarterly payouts buffering volatility and enhancing longer-term returns, many companies prefer to reward shareholders in other ways or simply use their cash to build their businesses.
Seventy-eight companies in the S&P 500 index, a proxy for larger U.S. companies, don’t pay a regular dividend on their common stock—though nearly all are authorized to repurchase their shares. Some of these nonpayers, such as Berkshire Hathaway (ticker: BRK.B), Facebook (FB), United Airlines Holdings (UAL), and Amazon.com (AMZN), are household names. Others are less prominent. Those include Keysight Technologies (KEYS), Henry Schein (HSIC), and Copart (CPRT). (A full table of all 78 nonpayers is at the end of this article.)
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