Dividend Data: These figures reflect actual dividends; they have not been adjusted for subsequent stock splits.
The "ex" date is established by the New York Stock Exchange and applies only to trades on the New York Stock Exchange. "Ex" means "without." The buyer of an ex-dividend stock is not entitled to the next dividend payment. For example, assume that a dividend is declared payable to stockholders of record on a given Friday. As current practice allows three business days for delivery of stock in a regular transaction on the NYSE, the Exchange would declare the stock "ex-dividend" as of the opening of the market on the preceding Wednesday. Anyone who bought it on or after that Wednesday would not be entitled to that dividend. The seller of the stock would receive it.
However, in a stock split, the NYSE may defer declaring the stock "ex-distribution" (sold without the additional stock) until after the payment date
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