Share | Dividend Growth Rate Calculator Help Computations are based on dividends from Yahoo! Finance. The calculator uses the most current dividend and the first dividend in the stream of dividends to perform the return computations. See Annualized Return for a description of this measure of return. The percent return is computed using the following formula: ($ value of current dividend - $ value of first dividend) / $ value of first dividend Stock Symbol: Be sure to use Yahoo! Finance symbol naming conventions when you enter a stock symbol on the form. If you enter an invalid code, an error message is displayed. Important Note: Occasionally a company pays special dividends in addition to their regular dividends. If such a special dividend were the current or first dividend in the Yahoo! Finance dividend database, the results from the calculator would be unrepresentative of results obtained using regular dividend payments. The calculator handles only quarterly dividends, not monthly or annual.