Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) has elected to maintain its dividend. The company declared a distribution of $0.66 per share, to be handed out on Sept. 10 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 27. That amount matches the company's previous distribution, which was paid in mid-June. Before that, Johnson & Johnson's disbursement was $0.61 per share.
One of the steadier dividend payers on the New York Stock Exchange, the company has lifted its payout over the years. Since June 2003, it has risen from $0.24 to the present level.
The just-declared dividend annualizes to $2.64 per share. That yields 2.9% at Johnson & Johnson's most recent closing stock price of $90.40.