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Dividends: stock market reaction to increases or decreases

What is the average stock market reaction to: a) a dividend initiation, b) a dividend increase, c) a dividend termination, d) a dividend decrease? Are these reactions logically consistent?

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Stock market reactions to changes in dividend policies may not always be logical or true, but they tend to run this way:

a. A dividend initiation policy usually signifies that a company has become a 'value' holding rather than a 'growth' company. Microsoft was notable when it began paying dividends. Google doesn't pay dividends yet but I wouldn't be surprised if it does in the near future.

b. A dividend increase causes investors to ...

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The 297 word solution explains the market reaction to changes in dividend policies together with real world examples of the consequences of changes with respect to pricing of the stock.