An investor can consult multiple sources that provide a list of stock prices as well as dividend dates. Some newspapers publish stock price information for the previous day's trading on the major exchanges. There are many online sources that publish stock price information in real time along with comprehensive dividend information. Some of these sites are free; others require a subscription. Choosing among the alternatives depends on exactly what sort of information an investor is seeking and how timely the information needs to be.
Sources for List of Stocks and Dividend Dates
Take note that, due to cost constraints, many major metropolitan dailies no longer publish daily stock price information. The best non-online source for stock price information is the Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal also has on online site, MarketWatch, which gives real time quotes on stock prices as well as other financial information on listed companies. The Wall Street Journal publishes Corporate Dividend News, which lists all the relevant information on dividend dates for companies that have made recent announcements concerning issuing dividends on their common or preferred stock. Many online sites publish this information as well. An excellent online source for finding all the key dividend dates for companies is Dividend Information.
The payable date is the date when a company announces it will pay out a dividend on either its preferred or common stock. Each company issues this information, which is then published in the Wall Street Journal, or can be obtained online from Dividend Information. The payable date is also commonly referred to as the "Declaration Date."
The Record Date is the date by which an owner of either the common or preferred stock must be on the books of the corporation as being an official shareholder in order to be entitled to receive the recently declared dividend.
The in-dividend rate is the last date on which registered owners and those who buy it on this day are entitled to receive the dividend. The in-dividend rate is one day preceding the date on which the stock trades "ex-dividend."
This is the date on which the stock trades "ex-dividend." It signifies that a dividend has been declared within the past four days. Anyone who purchases the stock on this date will not receive the dividend until the next payment date. Normally, after a stock goes ex-dividend, its price declines by the amount of the dividend issued. The ex-dividend date is typically two trading days before the record date. Obtain the ex-dividend date for listed stocks online from MarketWatch.
Another important indicator is the dividend yield. This figure represents the amount of the annual dividend payable on the common or preferred stock divided by its current price. The dividend yield is a helpful indicator for investors in terms of assessing the return on the underlying stock compared to alternate fixed-income investment vehicles such as bonds or CDs (certificates of deposit).
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