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On October 29, 2020, CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) announced shareholders can expect to receive a dividend payable on December 10, 2020. The stock will then go ex-dividend 1 business day(s) before the record date. CenterPoint Energy has an ex-dividend date planned for November 18, 2020. The company's current dividend payout sits at $0.15. That equates to a dividend yield of 2.82% at current price levels.
What Is An Ex-Dividend Date?
An ex-dividend date signals when a company's shares cease to trade with its current dividend payout. There is a small intermission period before the company announces a new dividend. 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.
Understanding CenterPoint Energy's Dividend Payouts And Yields
Over the past year, CenterPoint Energy has experienced an overall downward trend regarding its dividend payouts and yields. Last year on November 20, 2019 the company's payout was $0.29, which has since decreased by $0.14. Similarly, CenterPoint Energy's dividend yield last year was 4.02%, which has since declined by 1.2%.
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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