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Question

I’ve noticed in the financial section in the paper, behind certain stocks, occasionally there’s a small “m.” What does it mean?

Answer

The “m” means current annual rate, which was decreased by the most recent dividend announcement.
Other letters mean:
a - extra dividends were paid, but are not included.
b - annual rate plus stock.
c - liquidating dividend.
e - amount declared or paid in last 12 months.
f - current annual rate, which was increased by most recent dividend announcement.
i - sum of dividends paid after stock split, no regular rate.
k - declared or paid this year — a cumulative issue with dividends in arrears.
p - initial dividend, annual rate not known, yield not shown.
r - declared or paid in preceding 12 months plus stock dividend.
t - paid in stock, approximate cash value on ex-distribution date.

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