stock dividend


Definition of stock dividend

1 : the payment by a corporation of a dividend in the form of shares usually of its own stock without change in par value — compare stock split
2 : the stock distributed in a stock dividend

Examples of stock dividend in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company paid out a 98-cent stock dividend in the quarter. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Valero reports second-quarter rebound," 30 July 2020 The company also suspended stock dividends and corporate stock buy-backs and also curtailed capital spending. oregonlive, "Virus gives Columbia Sportswear a thumping in first quarter," 1 May 2020 In the time between the Oct. 29, 2018 crash in Indonesia and the March 10, 2019 crash in Ethiopia, the company increased its stock dividend from $1.71 per share to $2.05 per share. Washington Post, "Plane crash victims’ families ‘sickened’ by fired Boeing CEO’s $62 million payout," 13 Jan. 2020 Christina Rexrode Bank of New York Mellon and State Street, rival trust banks, unveil plans to buy back billions of dollars in stock and boost their quarterly stock dividends. WSJ, "Bank Stress Test Results," 28 June 2017 But during that same period, stock dividends rose 31%, a trend that favors the wealthy given that the richest 1% own half of all stocks. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "World's billionaires have more wealth than 4.6 billion people," 19 Jan. 2020 About 30 percent of the income that's paid out every year goes to people who own assets, receive stock dividends, earn interest, et cetera. Ben Mitchell, CBS News, "The "Freedom Dividend": Inside Andrew Yang's plan to give every American $1,000," 15 Nov. 2019 Those shares, which would grant workers corporate voting rights and entitle them to stock dividends, would be held in Democratic Employee Ownership Funds managed by trustees elected by workers. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at Wealth—and Warren," 14 Oct. 2019 The bond funds last year yielded 4.93 percent in total returns; the stock dividend account, 6.65 percent; and the high-growth stock funds, 8.36 percent. Thomas Heath, Washington Post, "One man wanted financial certainty and fun in retirement. Here is his formula.," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of stock dividend

circa 1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stock dividend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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