In trading on Tuesday, shares of Reitmans, Ltd. (TSX: RET-A.TO) were yielding above the 3% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $0.20), with the stock changing hands as low as $6.62 on the day. Dividends are particularly important for investors to consider, because historically speaking dividends have provided a considerable share of the stock market's total return.

In general, dividend amounts are not always predictable and tend to follow the ups and downs of profitability at each company. In the case of Reitmans, Ltd., looking at the history chart for RET.A below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue, and in turn whether it is a reasonable expectation to expect a 3% annual yield.

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The chart below shows the one year performance of RET.A shares:

Reitmans, Ltd. 200 Day Moving Average Chart

Looking at the chart above, RET.A's low point in its 52 week range is $5.60 per share, with $8.48 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $6.68.