I check with fidelity, 4 different people, no body really seem to know or care. the last dude said fidelity goes back 3 business days [the 7th] from the pay date. buys the stock and takes the avg. price they pay that's the formula they use.with all the price differences, why isn't there some sort of standard formula for the div. payout. from 44.57 at fidelity to 43.06 at trade king [$1.51] that's a lot of money.as long as were fixing the world, let's have a div. holders revolt. just a thought.