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On November 9, 2020, Knight-Swift (NYSE:KNX) declared a dividend payable on December 28, 2020 to its shareholders. Knight-Swift also announced that shareholders on the company's books on or before December 4, 2020 are entitled to the dividend. The stock will then go ex-dividend 1 business day(s) before the record date. Knight-Swift has an ex-dividend date planned for December 3, 2020. The company's current dividend payout sits at $0.08. That equates to a dividend yield of 0.84% at current price levels.
Understanding Ex-Dividend Dates'
An ex-dividend date is when a company's shares stop trading with its current dividend payout in preparation for the company to announce a new one. Usually, a company's ex-dividend date falls one business day before its record date. Investors should keep this in mind when purchasing stocks because buying them on or after ex-dividend dates does not qualify them to receive the declared payment. Newly declared dividends go to shareholders who have owned that stock before the ex-dividend date. Typically, companies will announce and implement new dividend yields on a quarterly basis.
Understanding Knight-Swift's Dividend Performance
Over the past year, Knight-Swift has experienced an overall upward trend regarding its dividend payouts and yields. Last year on December 2, 2019 the company's payout was $0.06, which has since grown by $0.02. Similarly, Knight-Swift's dividend yield in last year was 0.62%, which has since grown by 0.22%.
Companies use dividend yields in different strategic ways. Some companies may opt to not give yields altogether to reinvest in themselves. Other companies may opt to increase or decrease their yield amounts to control how their shares circulate throughout the stock market.
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