On November 13, 2020, Farmers & Merchants FMCB declared a dividend payable on January 2, 2021 to its shareholders. Farmers & Merchants also announced that shareholders on the company's books on or before December 9, 2020 are entitled to the dividend. The stock will then go ex-dividend 1 business day(s) before the record date. Farmers & Merchants has an ex-dividend date set for for December 8, 2020. The company's current dividend payout is $7.5, which equates to a dividend yield of 2.1% at current price levels.
Understanding Ex-Dividend Dates'
Ex-dividend dates are when company shares stop trading with their current dividend payouts in preparation for those companies to announce new ones. Usually, a company's ex-dividend date falls one business day before its record date. Investors should keep this in mind when purchasing stocks because buying them on or after ex-dividend dates does not qualify them to receive the declared payment. Newly declared dividends go to shareholders who have owned that stock before the ex-dividend date. Typically, companies will announce and implement new dividend yields on a quarterly basis.
Understanding Farmers & Merchants's Dividend Payouts And Yields
Over the past year, Farmers & Merchants has experienced an overall upward trend regarding its dividend payouts and yields. Last year on November 30, 2018 the company's payout was $7.0, which has since grown by $0.5. Similarly, Farmers & Merchants's dividend yield in last year was 1.98%, which has since grown by 0.12%.
Companies use dividend yields in different strategic ways. Some companies may opt to not give yields altogether to reinvest in themselves. Other companies may opt to increase or decrease their yield amounts to control how their shares circulate throughout the stock market.
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