Indeed, DUK down 7% from my purchase. My UST working out well (so far!). If DUK cuts div I'm screwed. But then look at Plum Creek Timber, discussed on this board. Cut that big div and stock went up smartly. As usual my reasoning was, well, DUK has bottomed. I paid $19.50 and it closed Fri @ 18.00(from memory)
I believe ABT would pay 3% @ $30. For all any of us know the market may be headed toward increased reward for risk. It was 40/50 yrs ago most stocks paid 4 or 5%, I think.