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What gives non-dividend stocks value to purchasers? [duplicate]

This is a question that has bothered me for awhile about the fundmental nature of the stock market as a whole, and no one has given a satisfying explanation. What is root cause of a stock having ...
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Is it possible that for shares to be reinvested in a stock you already sold?

I just recently set my taxable investment account from reinvest dividends to deposit in cash. However, there seems to be a delay (I assume related to one of the various dates associated with ...
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Source of income: from dividends vs sale of principal or security

Source: P172, P214, ETF for Dummies, 2nd Ed (2011) by Russell Wild: P172: First, if you need a steady stream of income, nothing is stopping you from creating artificial dividends by selling off ...
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Does a stock really dip in price on the ex-dividend date? And why would it do this?

As per this Investopedia article: Because the stock price is expected to drop by the amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date, Why is a stock expected to fall on the dividend date? Does ...
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Why is a stock dividend considered a dividend? What makes it different from a stock split?

I've been reading Principles of Corporate Finance by Brealey, Myers and Allen, but unfortunately they did not cover stock dividends. From what I understand, by paying a dividend, a company can ...
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Identifying “Dividend Stocks”

Can anyone point me towards some information on investing in dividend stocks, and how to identify good companies? Are there any metrics? I am fairly illiterate when it comes to finance and stocks, but ...
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Why do most U.S. companies pay their dividends quarterly, as opposed to annually?

U.S. companies usually pay quarterly dividends. Why do they pay them quarterly, and not once per year after the end of their fiscal year (as is usual, for example, for Swiss and German companies)?
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How are dividends for shareholders of banks paid?

Banks are different from other firms, so I am not sure how shareholders (those with equity) of banks get paid their dividends. Asset minus liabilities figure do make sense in ordinary firm cases, but ...
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Why would a company issue a scrip dividend and how will this issue affect me?

Barclays in the UK have sent out a leaflet recently (online version) saying they are moving to a Scrip Dividend programme. The FAQ does its best to answer questions but still uses a lot of jargon and ...
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How do I calculate the dividend yield for Disney Co?

I'm trying to "estimate" the dividend yield for Disney (NYSE:DIS). Let's pretend stock price will stay at $57 and the tax rate is 1%. Is it really the case that after 3 years with this stock the ...
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Capital gains on no-dividend stocks - a theoretical question

Suppose company X has a policy of never giving out dividends and this policy will never change. Now suppose company X doubles its earnings every year. Will its stock prices go up? Sure, the company ...
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Question about ex-dividend date timing

For example, if the ex-dividend date is next Monday, and I buy the stock on next Monday, would I get the dividend? Or would the person who sold the stock to me get the dividend?
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Where is dividend information published?

When a company decides to pay a dividend, where does that information go first? Lots of site re-publish the dividend but where do they go to find this information quickly?
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Why do people buy stocks that pay no dividend?

Before recently, Apple Inc. did not give dividend to shareholders. This makes me curious why people buy Apple Inc. stocks; while it might be due to the expectation of selling stocks at a higher ...
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Investing in dividend-yielding stocks with money borrowed from margin account?

I am getting ready to invest some of my savings in a stock brokerage account. The well-known brokerages, e.g. ETrade, Ameritrade, etc, have relatively high margin interest rates for the level I am ...
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Can dividends be exploited?

Apple announced a dividend of $2.65/share on August 16th. I was thinking... could somebody buy, say 1,000 shares of Apple, receive the dividend, and then sell the shares right back? ...
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How common are stock/scrip dividends (as opposed to cash dividends) in US equity markets?

Coming from a background in Chinese equities I'm familiar with the idea that dividends can come in the form of either cash or stocks. As far as I can tell, they seem to exist in the US as well, but I ...
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How does the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) divisor change to account for dividends?

The DJIA is a price-weighted index tracking of 30 companies chosen by the Dow Jones Company. It takes the current share price of these 30 stocks and divides by a specific number called the divisor. ...
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Why is it not a requirement for companies to pay dividends?

I know next to nothing about finance and money, so I'm working towards becoming financially literate. I'm currently reading articles about stocks on Investopedia. An article states, Common shares ...
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Why would a company with a bad balance sheet be paying dividends?

As an example, Ford Motors recently reinstated its dividend. It still has a lot of debt and a high debt-equity ratio. Its bonds are still rated as junk. Why would a company like this spend its cash ...
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Ex-dividend date: How long do I have to hold a stock in order to get the next dividend?

I want to be a stockholder on record for a dividend. So lets assume I bought stock before the ex dividend date. Can I immediately sell the stock after the ex-dividend date to collect the dividend, or ...
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If I put dividend-paying stocks in my IRA, where does the dividend go when paid?

I have a rollover IRA from an old job's 401k. I have had it sitting uninvested (where it's outperforming my new job's 401k) and I want to start investing it on my own. If I put a stock that pays a ...
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How to determine duration of a common stock whose dividends grow in perpetuity?

What is the duration of a common stock whose dividends are expected to grow at a constant rate in perpetuity? Specifically, how can I compute this, since the dividends will grow forever? Update: ...
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Why is a stock that pays a dividend preferrable to one that doesn't?

I understand that a dividend is a way for a company to return money to shareholders. But I'm not quite understanding why it is preferable to capital appreciation and putting the money to work ...
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What does “a stock pays a dividend of 3%” mean?

Does it mean the company pays 3% of the total earnings to the stock holders? So if I have a stock that has 1$ EPS I would receive 3 cents?
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How many stocks will I own in n years if I reinvest my dividends?

Let's say that I own 1000 shares of a stock at 20$. Every quarter, I get a dividend of 0.20$ which is reinvested (buy more of the same stock). Considering that the stock grows 5% annually, how many ...
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Do stock prices drop due to dividends?

From Personal Finance for Dummies, page 209: Dividends Dividends are income paid by investments. Both bond funds and stocks can pay dividends. Bond fund dividends (the interest paid by the ...
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Effect of different macro trends on different asset classes

Briefly if possible, what are the effects of the following macro environmental trends: Above-average / high inflation Deflation On the following asset classes: Non-dividend-paying Equities ...
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What are dividends, when are they paid, and how do they affect my position?

New to investing... Some stocks pay dividends but I'm not sure how they might affect my portfolio or in which measure this is important when evaluating a stock. I also don't know how to figure out if ...
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Importance of dividend yield when evaluating a stock?

Why is the dividend yield (Dividend divided by market price) of a stock a valuable parameter to consider when evaluating a stock? By looking at it, what can one infer about the stock? edit: Thanks ...
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Selling dividend securities in after-market hours: Who gets the dividend?

Consider this scenario: During normal market hours, you buy a security 1 day before the ex dividend date. You sell this security in after market trading that same day. Who gets the dividend, you or ...
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How do I factor dividends and yield into the performance of a security?

The basic stock chart tracks the price of the stock. As discussed here the price of the stock drops by the amount of the dividend. So when a dividend pays out the stock chart makes it look like ...
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Please explain the relationship between dividend amount, stock price, and option value?

I consider myself a reasonably knowledgeable investor, but today was blown away by the fact that I didn't know that a stock's price is decreased by the amount of its dividend. To use a concrete ...
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Using P/E Ratio of an ETF to decide on asset mix

I am a conservative investor with an asset mix of around 50% bonds/cash and 50% stock via large index ETFs. Recently I've been thinking about settling down on a non-emotional way to decide whether ...
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Are there capital gains taxes or dividend taxes if I invest in the U.S. stock market from outside of the country?

Recently, I invested in some stock in the U.S. stock market. I was wondering: Whether there are capital gains taxes if I sell stock? Do they take account into my foreign exchange loss? Are there any ...
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What does dividends passed mean in terms of stock?

Need help with this corporate finance homework, argh. They keep saying things like "these covenants include provisions about passing dividends", what the heck?
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How do I know if a dividend stock is “safe” and not a “dividend yield trap”?

e.g. (NYSE:CIM) or (NYSE:AEE) both have high yields, but what are warning signs that these might be dividend yield traps?
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High dividend stocks

Is it a good investment strategy to go long on "boring" companies (AT&T for example) and keep them around just because of their dividends or would it be better to trade more frequently companies ...
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Why does a company pay dividends at all?

If a company can lower the dividends and even stop paying them at all during hard times, why would they re-install them at all? If I understand correctly a company pays dividends so that investors ...
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Is it better for a public company to increase its dividends, or institute a share buyback?

When a company is profitable and generating substantial positive cash flow, is it better from the company's perspective to have a dividend increase, or institute a share repurchasing program? From an ...
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How exactly do dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) work?

And where can I find out what companies offer them? Are there good resources for information on these plans?