Answered By: Barbara Coffey
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2019     Views: 64

Dividend yield = annual dividend / stock price

This data is available through several sources or can be calculated. 

Global financial data, Datastream, Bloomberg - all have this information. 

Or for companies use CRSP and retrieve the dividends by quarter – sum those for the year and divide by the stock price.



Directions for Datastream below: 

  • For the dividend yield for individual stocks
    • Enter the Datastream mnemonic for that stock for example U:IBM
  • For the dividend yield for the S&P 500
    • Enter the Datastream mnemonic: S&PCOMP
    • Enter the datatype DY for dividend yield
    • Enter the frequency
    • Enter the time period you want. 
    • Choose Time Series Request


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