Investors no longer qualify for the latest dividend payment, so index odds-on to get knocked
It is a huge day for shares going ex-dividend – the date after which investors no longer qualify for the latest dividend payment – so the fact that the FTSE 100 is trading down 35 points at around 5806 effectively means it is flat-lining.
Reuters predicted that the dividend deadline would shave 26.41 points from the blue chip index today, and it has been trading pretty well in that range all session.
Shares tend to fall when they go ex-dividend as the payout is subtracted from the share price. There are a number – such as Standard Chartered and AstraZeneca – that also have corporate news today, and the roll call of FTSE 100 stocks going “ex-divi” are:
Royal Dutch Shell
Last week I talked about Japanese food becoming a UNESCO World Heritage. This got me to thinking that perhaps American food too should qualify. Stop laughing.
On the surface, American food seems like a poor candidate for World Heritage status. Especially when you consider that washoku (Japanese food) was nominated on the basis of visual presentation, fresh and seasonable ingredients, and overall healthiness that adds to longevity and quality of life.
Follow this link: What’s needed to put something on the World Heritage list?
When Japan’s leading university announced in January that it intends to shift undergraduate enrollment from spring to autumn in line with colleges worldwide, the plan created waves far beyond the academic world.
The University of Tokyo’s move would have a far broader and deeper effect on Japanese society and force authorities to amend long-established practices, notably the season when companies recruit graduates and the timing of various national examinations, such as those medical students take in February to qualify for a medical license.
Read the original here: Reform means the world for Todai
U.S. stocks rose Monday after the Greek government approved a key austerity package, lifting hopes the nation will qualify for more bailout money and avoid a default.
Continued here: Stocks gain after Greece OKs austerity
Children with disabilities may be eligible to receive benefits through SSI. However, the program has some critics questioning the disabilities that qualify children for benefits.
Read this article: Debate Over Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Disabled Children
The Greek government faces a crucial test this weekend as the nation’s parliament is set to vote Sunday on austerity reforms needed to qualify for a second bailout.
Excerpt from: Greece must do ‘whatever it takes’