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On February 17, 2021, Scorpio Tankers (NYSE:STNG) declared a dividend payable on March 15, 2021 to its shareholders. Scorpio Tankers also announced that shareholders on the company's books on or before March 2, 2021 are entitled to the dividend. The stock will then go ex-dividend 1 business day(s) before the record date. Scorpio Tankers, whose current dividend payout is $0.1, has an ex-dividend date set at March 1, 2021. The payout equates to a dividend yield of 2.42% at current price levels.
What Are Ex-Dividend Dates?
Ex-dividend dates signal when company shares cease to trade with their current dividend payouts. There is a small intermission period before companies announce new dividends. 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. Most ex-dividend dates operate on a quarterly basis.
Scorpio Tankers's Dividend History
Over the past year, Scorpio Tankers has seen its dividend payouts remain the same and its yields climb upward overall. Last year on February 28, 2020 the company's payout sat at $0.1, which has returned to its value today. Scorpio Tankers's dividend yield last year was 1.75%, which has since grown by 0.67%.
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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