Name the amount of the dividend, the date on which you think it will be announced, and whether the announcement will be before the open, during trading, or after the close. Winner is whomever is closed on both the dividend and its timing. Tiebreaker, if needed, goes to the person who posted first.
13 cents, Tuesday, June 18, after the close.
First, knowfear wins the contest with is his entry: "0.12 6/20 after close" Congrats to knowfear. needoptions was a close second with his guess of "14 cents on 6/20", an entry that was counted as "during" trading because it didn't specify before or after. Third place was a tie between steve_j_sewell's "$0.12, Thursday, June 20, 7:59 AM" and yankeeboy's "6/19 8 am 13 cents".
Second, congratulations to Yankeeboy for having the closest time and date entry that actually got the dividend right.
Applause to all who entered the contest. It was fun, especially when ande chimed in with the 12 cents next week post earlier today.
Well, midnight on June 16 has passed, so entries are closed. We have 12 entries, 11 of which are completely stated and one of which sufficiently stated to be counted as "during trading". There is one duplicate entry, so technically only 11 contestants can "win". I've constructed a little spreadsheet which Yahoo won't allow me to share, so I won't bother trying (at least in this post. The spreadsheet implements the rules, so we'll know the winner fairly quickly after the dividend is announced.
Thanks to all the familiar names for entering. It's one of the fun things we do here.
If everyone here is so certain of the div increase, which I agree is going to happen, why don't you put your money where your mouth is and buy some large blocks on tomorrow's open.
Sentiment: Strong Buy