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I've already read the Fool's articles on handling
fractional shares, but I'm not sure any of them apply
directly to my situation.

I bought 140 shares of Intel through Schwab a few
years ago and selected the dividend reinvestment
option (sure wish I hadn't now!). I paid $70 per

Every 3 months, Intel issues a tiny cash dividend.
Schwab reinvests this cash in fractional shares
of Intel (usually on the order of 0.04) at the current
share price. Before the '99 stock split, I had
accumulated 0.37 fractional shares, giving me
a total of 140.37 shares.

When the stock split occurred, I ended up with
280.37 shares, and cash in lieu of 0.37 shares
in the amount of $22.

How do I calculate my cost basis for the 0.37 shares
that I received cash for? Do I
A) Calculate using the FIFO method -- what I paid
for the initial 140 shares -- 0.37*$70/2.
B) Take the average cost of the initial 280 (split-adj)
shares and the 0.37 shares sold.
C) Take the average cost of all 280.74 shares,
including the prices of the numerous dividend
D) None of the above!

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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