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I’ve noticed in the financial section in the paper, behind certain stocks, occasionally there’s a small “m.” What does it mean?

The “m” means current annual rate, which was decreased by the most recent dividend announcement. Other letters mean: a - extra dividends were paid, but are not included. b - annual rate plus stock. c - liquidating dividend. e - amount declared or paid in last 12 months. f - current annual rate, which was increased by most recent dividend announcement. i - sum of dividends paid after stock split, no regular rate. k - declared or paid this year — a cumulative issue with dividends in arrears. p - initial dividend, annual rate not known, yield not shown. r - declared or paid in preceding 12 months plus stock dividend. t - paid in stock, approximate cash value on ex-distribution date.

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