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Ex Dividend Stocks for April 2020

Special Note: I normally don’t recommend the buying dividend technique during bear markets, which we are currently in. However, opportunities occasionally crop up. An example would be Vail Resorts (MTN) which went ex dividend on March 25, paying a dividend of $1.76 per share. You could have bought the stock the day before on March 24 for 142 per share and sold it the next day, the ex dividend day, for 152 per share, making a $10 per share profit on the stock and capturing the $1.76 per share dividend. (The stock actually traded as high as 163 on the ex dividend day.) I consider this a rare situation, especially in this market, so I still don’t recommend this strategy at this time.
The following is a short list of some of the many stocks going ex dividend during the next month.
Many traders and investors use the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the strategy of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend.
This technique generally works in bull markets and flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the strategy during bear markets. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date.
The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and many with yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the periodic dividend amount.
American Express Company (AXP)4/2/20200.431.91%
General Mills, Inc. (GIS)4/8/20200.494.11%
WD-40 Company (WDFC)4/16/20200.671.48%
Clorox Company (CLX)4/21/20201.062.45%
Hasbro, Inc. (HAS)4/30/20200.683.98%
The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found HERE . (If you have been to the page before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists HERE . Most of the lists are free.
Dividend definitions:
Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.
Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.
Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.
Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.
Don’t forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.
Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written, and affiliate links.





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