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Stock return definition

The intricacies of the calculation of return on a stock are often overlooked.

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Stock return is the calculation over a measurement period that requires several inputs. Included are share price gains or losses; corporate actions like splits and spin-offs; and finally returns of capital in the form of special and regular dividends.

Synonym: total return


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Ann:  Our data provider adjusts for corporate actions when calculating stock return .
Kay:  Good. They didn't teach us about that in college.

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