Another blue-chip bargain is Electrocomponents (LSE: ECM). The engineering products distributor today released a slightly disappointing update which shows that the performance of its business has been mixed in recent weeks. While Continental Europe has posted revenue growth in the double-digits, its operations in North America have been somewhat subdued. As such, its revenue growth for the first half of the year is just 4%, with it falling from 5% in the first quarter of the year to 3% in the second quarter. - fools.co.uk
EX-DIVIDEND DATE IS THIS THURSDAY 25/6/15 a payment of 6.75p will be paid on the 28/07/15 dividend information of interest below
Dividend information of interest DIVIDEND . helpful information/ EX-DIVIDEND DATE IS NOW ON A THURSDAYS AND THE RECORD DATE IS THE DAY AFTER FRIDAYS 7AM ON THE EX-DIVIDEND DATE THE SHARE PRICE IS REDUCED BY THE DIVIDEND PAYOUT AMOUNT . in this case by 6.75p
22/03/15 example of interest below
Do I qualify for a dividend, and when will it be paid? To qualify for a dividend payment you must be the owner of shares at the close of business on the working day before the ex dividend date. For example if the ex dividend date is 9th June: You would qualify if you buy/bought shares on or before the 8th June and did not sell before close of business on the 8th. You will not qualify if you buy/bought shares on or after the 9th June. As long as you buy/bought shares on the 8th or before then you can sell the shares on the ex dividend date and still qualify for a dividend.
MORE INFORMATION RE DIVIDENDS
Guide to Dividends and Income Investing What are dividends? Dividends are payments made by a company from its profits to its shareholders. They are generally paid either twice a year (in an interim and final dividend) or quarterly. Some companies will occasionally make one off payments known as special dividends. Dividend stocks are sought after by income investors and will play a part in a well-diversified stock portfolio. To receive a dividend, you must buy shares in the company concerned prior to, and hold for at least part of, the ex-dividend date; if you were to buy shares on the day itself, you would not be eligible for the dividend.
What happens on the ex-dividend date? On the ex-dividend date, the shares will typically fall by the amount of the dividend. If you hold shares in a company and do not realise it's the ex-dividend date this can obviously be quite alarming. It makes sense, however, as new buyers of shares in the company aren't eligible to receive the dividend essentially making the company worth less.
What about if I have a spread bet or CFD position open on a company which goes ex-dividend? If you have a position with a spread betting or CFD provider when a company goes ex-dividend they will typically credit (if you are long) or debit (if you are short) the amount of the dividend to compensate for the fall in share price.
What about tax on dividends and dividend tax rates? Anyone who receives dividends from UK companies have 10% taken off as taxation before the dividend is paid. Unfortunately, there's no way around this. However, higher rate taxpayers can avoid losing a further 25% to tax by holding the shares in a Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) or ISA.
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