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Performance Table: Capital Appreciation and Dividend Income 3M Co.
The associated performance results with the earnings and price correlated graph, validates the above discussion regarding the two components of total return: Capital appreciation and dividend income. Dividends are included in the total return calculation and are assumed paid, but not reinvested.
When presented separately like this, the additional rate of return a dividend paying stock produces for shareholders becomes undeniably evident. In addition to the 6.7% capital appreciation (Closing Annualized ROR), long-term shareholders of 3M Co. would have received an additional $107,444.25 in dividends that increased their total return from 6.7% to 8.2% per annum.
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