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Looking for a site I can download common stock information that includes dividend information as well as price. I see reference to NASDAQ stock screener but I don't see that information there.

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  • $\begingroup$ What is the purpose of downloading the data? Do you need to select few stocks, which pays dividends or do you need to download data from a lot of stocks? $\endgroup$ – Pleb Dec 26 '20 at 13:09
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I'll try to convey an answer as best as possible.

One method of screening for dividend paying stocks: If you do not know which stocks you want to work with, you can use a stock-screener like Tradingview stock screener. Here you can filter for dividend paying stocks (from high to low) and then single out your preferable exchanges (under the advanced filter section).

Downloading from Yahoo finance: Let's assume that you've found your selection of stocks and now want to download the information (dividends and prices/adj.prices). This can be done on Yahoo finance. Search for your stock, go to historical data and specify your time-period. There should be a download button. Under "Show" you can filter for "dividends only" and download an excel spreadsheet with the dividends under the same period.

Downloading from Alphavantage.co: Assuming that you have a bit of coding experience, you can get even more stock-data from Alpha Vantage via Python or R. Here, you have "5 API requests per minute and 500 requests per day" as a free user and you can request for an API key for free. As an example, you can find the dividends and general time-series information of a stock (Apple is used as an example) via the function call:

library(alphavantager)
library(httr)

av_api_key(YOUR API KEY HERE)


#Get time-series data (DAILY)
AAPL <- as.data.frame(av_get(symbol = "AAPL", av_fun = "TIME_SERIES_DAILY_ADJUSTED", 
outputsize = "full"))
rownames(AAPL) <- AAPL$timestamp
head(AAPL)

#Getting general company information:
temp <- GET("https://www.alphavantage.co/query? 
function=OVERVIEW&symbol=AAPL&apikey=YOUR API KEY HERE")

AAPL_companyinfo <- content(temp)

#getting general information on Apple (disregarding basic information). 
AAPL_companyinfo <- t(as.data.frame(AAPL_companyinfo[-c(1,2,3,4)]))

Which gives you:

General Time-series information General Company information

In order to understand the API calls/functions, I recommend you to look at the documentation on the Alphavantage website and the "alphavantager" package description. In general, the av_get function returns the adjusted time-series including high, low, open, close, adj.close, dividend amount, and split-coefficient. I used the "httr" package to scrape the content of the webpage in the "GET" function. This is just a JSON file and essentially, you could open the website, right-click and save as a .json file (as an alternative way to get the data).

Hopefully, this helps or give inspiration for alternative solutions/answers by others.

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FINVIZ offers a number of screeners. If you don't mind a close approximation of the dividend, you can use the FINANCIAL screener. I say close approximation because it provides the percent yield in two decimals. When you multiply the yield times share price, you may be off a penny or two from the actual dividend.

The screener includes a number of filters if you want to find specific lists (sector, optionable stocks, industry, country etc.).

If you want the precise dividend as well as the ex-div date, google dividend calendar. I have found the NASDAQ and ZACKS to be reliable.

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