27th Edition
WARREN + 5 others
ISBN: 9781337272094




27th Edition
WARREN + 5 others
ISBN: 9781337272094
Textbook Problem

Entries for investment in stock, receipt of dividends, and sale of shares

On February 22, Stewart Corporation acquired 12,000 shares of the 400,000 outstanding shares of Edwards Co. common stock at $50 plus commission charges of $120. On June 1, a cash dividend of $1.40 per share was received. On November 12, 4,000 shares were sold at $62 less commission charges of $100.

Using the cost method, journalize the entries for (a) the purchase of stock, (b) the receipt of dividends, and (c) the sale of 4,000 shares.


To determine

Stock investments: Stock investments are equity securities which claim ownership in the investee company and pay a dividend revenue to the investor company.

Cost method: Cost method is the accounting method used for accounting stock or equity investments which claim less than 20% of the outstanding stock of the investee company.

Journal entry: Journal entry is a set of economic events which can be measured in monetary terms. These are recorded chronologically and systematically.

Debit and credit rules:

  • Debit an increase in asset account, increase in expense account, decrease in liability account, and decrease in stockholders’ equity accounts.
  • Credit decrease in asset account, increase in revenue account, increase in liability account, and increase in stockholders’ equity accounts.

To journalize: The stock investment transactions in the books of Corporation S, under the cost method


  • Investments–Corporation E Stock is an asset account. Since stock investments are purchased, asset value increased, and an increase in asset is debited.
  • Cash is an asset account. Since cash is paid, asset account decreased, and a decrease in asset is credited.

Working Notes:

Compute amount of cash paid to purchase Corporation E’s stock.

Cash paid = {(Number of


To determine

To Prepare: journal entry for the dividend received from Corporation E for 12,000 shares.


To determine

To Prepare: Journal entry for sale of 4,000 shares of Corporation E at $62, with a brokerage of $100.

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