Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 6/26/13, Sterling Financial Corp. (STSA) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.35, payable on 7/12/13. As a percentage of STSA's recent stock price of $22.50, this dividend works out to approximately 1.56%, so look for shares of Sterling Financial Corp. to trade 1.56% lower — all else being equal — when STSA shares open for trading on 6/26/13.
Below is a dividend history chart for STSA, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.35 declared by Sterling Financial Corp. :
In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from STSA is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 6.22% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of STSA shares, versus its 200 day moving average:Looking at the chart above, STSA's low point in its 52 week range is $17.94 per share, with $23.50 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $22.65.
In Monday trading, Sterling Financial Corp. shares are currently off about 0.8% on the day.