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I've been looking at investing in another dividend stock, and I have been using dividata.com to do some research.

I have found several stocks that I am interested in that have a roughly 9% or 10% dividend yield. I also found The China Fund (NYSE: CHN) that has a 20% dividend. A 20% dividend is attractive, of course, but I'd rather not make a poor investment if that stock is not reliable.

I am confused about the information I am receiving about this specific stock. When looking at the data on dividata.com, it looks good in many respects:

https://dividata.com/stock/CHN

The stock price has grown from ~$5 to ~$17 per share in that time period, and quite steadily. dividata.com also says that they have a 22-year history of paying out dividends. The payout for the past 5 years has been fairly steady, although there have been some incontinuities in the recent past:

https://dividata.com/stock/CHN/dividend

This data does not match what I see on Google Finance, however:

https://www.google.com/finance?q=NYSE%3ACHN&ei=em22VaHXF6mWigK_6KOIBA

The stock price data on Google Finance is completely different that what I see on dividata.com. Also, Google Finance says that the dividend yield is 1.68% with a 0.30/share payout.

Can anyone tell me why there is inconsistencies in the data between the two sites? Why doesn't it match up?

  • The stock prices on the two sites look the same to me right now. Both are around $17.80. – dg99 Jul 31 '15 at 14:43
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CHN is a Closed-End Fund.

CHN actually pays out three types of distributions:

  1. Standard cash dividends (these are cash dividends paid out by the constituent stocks held by the Closed-End Fund)
  2. Short-term capital gains
  3. Long-term capital gains

In the case of CHN, they appear to be paying yearly. The most recent dividend, with exdate of 18 Dec 2014, consisted of $3.4669 of Long-term capital gains and $0.2982 cash dividend.

Prior to that, the dividend with exdate of 19 Dec 2013 consisted of $2.8753 long-term capital gains and $0.4387 cash dividend.

For a standard dividend yield you typically would not expect short-term and long-term capital events to be included in a yield calculation, as these events really only occur in relation to a fund rebalancing (changing its investments) and are not really due to the actual performance of the fund in any way. Most free sites that provide dividend information do not make a distinction on the dividend type.

Data source: Premium Data

Full Disclosure: I am a co-owner of Premium Data/Norgate.

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The yield on Div Data is showing 20% ((3.77/Current Price)*100)) because that only accounts for last years dividend. If you look at the left column, the 52 week dividend yield is the same as google(1.6%). This is calculated taking an average of n number of years. The data is slightly off as one of those sites would have used an extra year.

  • If you hover over "52 week dividend yield" it says that it is calculated from only over the past 12 months, not the past n years. Also: this doesn't explain the discrepancies in the stock price data. Any reason why dividata's stock price chart differs from Google Finance or Yahoo Finace? – David Jul 28 '15 at 14:02
  • Then there is a glitch in the site. They mention "Sum of dividends paid in the last 12 months divided by the closing price on the prior day". They also mention that a dividend of $3.765 was paid on 12/18/14 which was the only dividend within the last 12 months. 3.765/17.83 is roughly 21% and not 1.6%. – user19894 Jul 28 '15 at 14:47

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