Question About Dividends

Discussion in 'Trading' started by robbo, May 25, 2004.

  1. robbo


    If a stocks EX-Div date is 6th May04 do I have to be holding the stock at the close on the 6th May04 to be entitled to the dividend which is paid on 10th June04 (IBM)
  2. lkh


    you can sell as soon as it opens on ex dividend day.
  3. You have just to hold it overnight between the 5th and the 6th.
  4. robbo


    So I could buy it for example on the 5th at midday and sell it on the opening at the 6th and I would be entitled to the Dividend
  5. You could even buy it at the close on the 5th with a 'market on close' order if your broker let you do that. I've done it, and received my dividends.

    Anyway, I hope you know that price will go down as much as the dividend (not exactly, but in the average, it does).
  6. robbo


    Thanks for the feedback.So does the price of the share go down to reflect the dividend on the open of the 6th for the above example.
  7. JackR


    First and most important would be the size of the dividend.

    I'd say if the option was ITM the price would change. If it was out of the money I'd guess that Black-Scholes should have factored it in and you'd see no change. However, that would probably be influenced by how far out the expiration date was. I'm no expert, I generally do covered calls.
  8. robbo


    Hi Jack I meant to say price of the share in the previous Post not the price of the option
  9. JackR


    Yes. They adjust the stock price to reflect the dividend. However, the action of the market will also be reflected in the Open so you cannot assume an exact match.

    Open limit orders to buy or sell are also adjusted to reflect the dividend unless a "Do Not Adjust" order was placed.
  10. The standard operating procedure for some brokers is to not adjust limit orders when a stock goes ex-dividend (i.e. completely the customer's responsibility) or to only adjust buy orders.
    #10     May 25, 2004