What is ‘HD’
“XD” is the symbol used to denote that the security is trading ex-dividend. It is an alphabetic qualifier that acts as shorthand to tell investors key information about a specific security in a stock quote. Sometimes the “one x” is used to indicate that the shares are traded without dividend. The selection can vary depending on where the shares are listed, because various news and market data from services that provide stock quotes can use different qualifiers.
Ex-dividend literally means “without dividend”.
BREAKING DOWN THE ‘XA’
Dividend is a distribution of the profits of the company to the shareholders of the company. When shares are traded without dividend, the current shareholder has recently received a dividend payment, and the one who buys the shares do not receive dividends. The stock price is likely to be less. There are more qualifiers which relate to dividends; j, indicates that the stock paid a dividend early in the year, but at the moment do not bear dividends.
Comparing the xD with the recording date
You’ll need to look at two important dates to determine who should receive the dividends — the “ex-dividend” (or xD) and the recording date.
The investor must be in the books of the company as a shareholder to receive dividends. Once the company sets registration date, ex-dividend date is set. Ex-dividend date for stocks is typically installed in one working day before the date of entry. An investor, who purchased shares before the ex-dividend date will receive the upcoming dividend. If the acquisition or after the ex-dividend date, then the seller gets the dividend.
Companies also use the record date to determine who to send financial reports, proxy statements and other relevant information.
Special rules for determining xD
If the dividend is 25 percent or more of the value of the shares, then special rules apply for determining the ex-dividend date. When this happens, the ex-dividend date is delayed until one business day after the dividend is paid.
Sometimes the company pays dividends in form of shares and not in cash or additional shares of the company or the subsidiary, which will be a spin-off. Setting the ex-dividend stock dividends are different from cash dividends. It will be installed the first working day after the action, the payment of dividends (and after the date of execution).
Selling before the ex-dividend date includes the obligation to deliver any shares acquired as a result of dividend payments to the buyer of your shares, since the seller only receives a receipt from your broker for additional shares. Securities and exchange Commission (sec), the day you can sell your shares without any obligation to deliver additional shares “not on the first business day after the record date, but usually is the first business day after the stock dividend is not paid.”