"I think ex-div is actually Sept. 30th"
Then you would be wrong. That's the record date. The ex-date was indeed 9-26.
"Record day was Sept 27"
No, that was the last day to buy the stock and be qualified to receive the dividend. It's highly unusual for a company to mention in a press release what the last day to buy for the dividend would be, but they did. The same press release of 9-18 doesn't mention the record date, but it's Oct 2.
"Ex date for dividends for this stock was 9/9/13"
"I bought stock on 9/9/13 and I noticed my account is not credited."
Nor will it be. The ex-date (9-9 in this case) is the first day a stock trades WITHOUT the right to the dividend. Only buyers BEFORE 9-9 get the dividend.
" I think ... someone made a killing shorting today"
How? Today is the ex-date and it didn't drop as much as the adjustment for the dividend, so was actually UP 7.77%. Yahoo's quote didn't account for the adjustment. The basis for today's change was 10.42, not 14.02.
"The PR Newswire press release issued by BLYTH on August 8th says ex-dividend is October 1st"
No, it doesn't. It says the record date is October first. Record date and ex-date are not the same thing.
"Yahoo key stats page shows ex-dividend is September 27th. Safe to assume company issued release is correct?"
In this case both are correct because the press release doesn't mention the ex-date.
"How do you verify which is correct?"
You have to realize that record date and ex-date are not the same thing, then read the press releases carefully. If you do a google search for Understanding Dividend Dates, and read the first return, you'll never be confused on this point again.
"If there is a special div. only the holders of the stock will get it. It's not like the ordinary div. that has an ex div. date."
Any cash dividend of at least one penny would indeed have an ex-date, no matter whether it's regular, special, left-handed, high calorie or non-fat.
You're missing the fact that because of the size of the dividend relative to the stock price, by FINRA rule the ex-date has to be the first business day after the payment date. Anyone who bought/buys the stock beginning Sept 5 through the payment date of Sept 23 and holds until Sept 24 will not be paid the dividend on the Sept 23 payment date but will be paid on the due bill settlement date.
"I said Monday should be very interesting selling at this already discount. only because if you are a "RECORD HOLDER" of SDRL on Tuesday 09/10/13 you are entitled to this div."
Not only did you not study up on how dividend dates really work, you've actually lost ground! Tuesday, the 10th isn't the record date, Monday the 9th is. And anyone who bought BEFORE the 5th could sell ON the 5th or later and they will still be shareholders of record on the 9th, and therefore receive the dividend. Who the record holder is on the 10th has no bearing on who gets the dividend. So, trading on the 9th (or the 10th, for that matter) will have nothing to do with the dividend. Who gets the dividend was established at the close of trading on the 4th.
Why do you blather on about things you know nothing about? How does serious ignorance help you invest? Why are you so resistant to learning how dividend dates really work?
"I confirmed my info with Merrill Lynch."
No, you didn't, because it's wrong. Either that or you simply didn't understand what they told you. Do a google search for "Understanding Dividend Dates" and read up on the facts. You'll never make that same mistake again.
No, he's right. You're the one who's wrong ... well, you're half wrong:
"To capture the div you have to be a holder of record , which is Monday 09/09/2013."
Yes, that's the part you got right. But to be a shareholder of record on the record date of 9-9, you had to have bought the stock yesterday. Because of the three day settlement rule, to be a shareholder of record on the record date, you have to buy three business days before the record date, which is also one day before the ex-date.
"Do your homework SMART GUY"
You're the one who needs to do homework, not him.
"Yahoo claims Dec 11"
Welcome to the unreliable information of Yahoo Key Statistics. The next ex-date is in fact Sept 19. There will be another one in December, but the September one is next.
TOT's press release of April 26, 2013.