How do I find dividend yields for indices and individual stocks?
Use Datastream and perform a Time Series Request. To get the dividend yield for the S&P 500, enter the Datastream mnemonic: S&PCOMP. Enter the datatype DY for dividend yield and enter the frequency and the time period you want. For the dividend yield for individual stocks, use the Datastream mnemonic for that stock. For example U:IBM. Again the datatype is DY.
In Bloomberg use the Excel Add-in to get a time series.
For individual companies, use Mergent Online - Once you have found the company the initial information screen provides the most current Dividend Yield
Company Tearsheet information in Capital IQ provided current Dividend Yield for a company. CapitalIQ is available on terminals in the Business Library.
Factiva - Company - Search - Results - Reports - Company Reports provides Dividend information
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