Business: The Rise of Stockholders

U.S. corporations mailed out $833 million in dividend checks to their stockholders in October, the Commerce Department reported last week, a record for the month and $13 million above the $820 million paid out in the corresponding month of 1958.

The total number of U.S. stockholders receiving such handy budget balancers is also at a new high. The latest New York Stock Exchange study showed 12,490,000 individual shareholders of record, up from 8,630,000 in 1956. The number of stockholders is now bigger than the number of factory workers. One in every four U.S. households gets a dividend check or checks v. one...

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