GameStop’s (NYSE: GME) stock is up more than 7% today after shareholders of the video game retailer voted in favor of four-for-one stock split.. The stock split will take the form. The date you receive your dividends. As long as you hold the shares past the Ex-dividend date, you will be entitled to receive dividends. Even if you sell them after the ex-date. However, don’t be mislead and mistaken that this is an easy way to earn free money. Usually, stock prices drop immediately after ex-dates. Picking your stocks. The ex-dividend date (Ex.dd) is a date that involves the payment of dividends on stocks, which are held publicly and privately. It is also known as ex-date or reinvestment date. The (Ex.dd). If you buy a dividend paying stock one day before the ex-dividend you will still get the dividend, but if you buy on the ex-dividend date, you won't get the dividend. Conversely, if you want to sell a stock and still receive a dividend that has been declared you need to sell on (or after) the ex-dividend day. Typically, a stock will rise by the dividend amount shortly before the next ex-dividend date. If you wait until this period to sell your stock, you may get a better price,. In contrast, the record date is when a company identifies the stockholders eligible to receive the dividend. What happens when a stock goes ex-dividend? After a stock goes ex-dividend, the share price typically drops by the amount of the dividend paid to reflect the fact that new shareholders are not entitled to that payment. Dividends paid out .... With a significant dividend, the price of a stock may fall by that amount on the ex-dividend date. If the dividend is 25% or more of the stock value, special rules apply to the determination of the ex-dividend date. In these cases, the ex-dividend date will be deferred until one business day after the dividend is paid.