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General Dynamics ($GD) Stock Split History

General Dynamics stock has experienced a total of 5 stock splits in its history. The most recent stock split took place on March 27th, 2006. As a result of these stock splits, one General Dynamics share purchased prior to February 20th, 1979, would now be equivalent to holding 40 General Dynamics shares today.

General Dynamics ($GD) Stock Split History Graph and Chart

General Dynamics ($GD) Stock Split Dates

Date Ratio
02/20/19795 for 2
11/17/19802 for 1
04/11/19942 for 1
04/03/19982 for 1
03/27/20062 for 1

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How Does a General Dynamics Share Split Work?

A General Dynamics stock split is no different than any other stock split. General Dynamics is simply packaging the number of outstanding shares in a different way. For example, in a 2-for-1 split, the amount of shares will double (and the price will be divided by 2, accordingly). Say you have 100 shares of General Dynamics, then the day of the split you will receive 2 shares for every 1 share you hold in your brokerage account, meaning you will receive 200 shares on the stock split date. However, the price of the stock will reflect this change and your holding of General Dynamics (in terms of value) will remain practically the same.

Benefits of a General Dynamics Stock Split?

A stock split does not change the fundamental value of a company. Meaning a General Dynamics stock split will not make the business more valuable. However, there is a psychological benefit in that the share price will be lower after the split, making shares seem more accessible to everyone and thus temporarily increasing demand and ramping up share prices. To further explore stock splits, please refer to Investopedia.

Buying Before or After a $GD Stock Split?

While this is not financial advice and we have not run any thorough studies on the matter, general consensus is that price tends to go up after the announcement of a stock split and before the stock split itself happens.

Will General Dynamics Stock Split?

Unfortunately, we do not know. There might be rumors of a General Dynamics stock split, but the truth is that until the board proposes a shares split to its shareholders, it's all just noise.

How Does a Stock Split Affect $GD Options?

A stock split affects options the same way it affect shares. In the case of a 2-for-1, the strike price of all the options chain post-split will be divided by 2 automatically. So if you're holding CALLs or PUTs, the strike price of the $GD option will be automatically changed on the day of the split. Also, the number of shares will double. So if you have a CALL in a 2-for-1, after split you will have 2 calls to control 200 shares, and the strike price of those two CALLs would be halved.

General Dynamics Shares Split Results in Fractional Shares

Not all shares splits are even. Some splits, like a 3-for-2 can result in shareholders owning fractional shares. In these cases it's best to contact your broker, to be clear on how they will handle the $GD shares split.