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Is there a standard for dividends offered by any given company? is there a per/share ratio, do all companies give dividends to shareholders, and is this always done on say, a quarterly basis? How long must you own the stock to be eligible? Obviously a "day trader" would not receive a .000th percent dividend for owning a stock for a half hour?

Since no one had answered your question since 7/25, I'll give it a shot.

Companies are not required to pay dividends. They can use the money that could have been paid and plow it back into the company to help it grow more, therefore steadily increasing the stock price and making the shareholders very happy.
Normally they are paid quarterly.
You must own the stock for one day to get the dividend. If you bought the stock the day before its x-dividend date and sold it on its x-dividend date, you are entitled to the dividend.
The Board of Directors sets the dividend for the company, hopefully based on its financial strength, etc.


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