Highest Yielding S&P 500 Stock Cuts Dividend

The highest yielding S&P 500 stock announced on Friday that they will cut their dividend beginning in September.

 

Frontier Communications (FTR: 6.54 +1.24%) announced Friday that their Board of Directors has decided to cut their quarterly dividend by 25% to $.1875 per share.

 

The dividend cut will reduce FTR’s yield from a whopping 13.1% down to 9.8% based on Friday’s closing price.

 

The dividend cut was not a big surprise to investors as the company had announced last year that they intended to reduce their annual dividend to $.75 per share once their asset purchase with Verizon (VZ: 50.25 +0.70%) was completed. That transaction was completed on July 1, 2010. Even after the dividend cut, Frontier will still be the highest yielding S&P 500 stock.

 

FTR shares fell 0.8% on the news Friday, but the stock remains a high quality dividend play despite their high payout ratio.

 

The reduced dividend will be payable on September 30, 2010 to shareholders of record as of September 9, 2010.

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