Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 7/17/13, Western Asset Emerging Markets Debt Fund (ESD) will trade ex-dividend, for its monthly dividend of $0.12, payable on 7/26/13. As a percentage of ESD's recent stock price of $18.05, this dividend works out to approximately 0.66%, so look for shares of Western Asset Emerging Markets Debt Fund to trade 0.66% lower — all else being equal — when ESD shares open for trading on 7/17/13.
Below is a dividend history chart for ESD, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.12 declared by Western Asset Emerging Markets Debt Fund:
In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from ESD is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 7.98% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of ESD shares, versus its 200 day moving average:Looking at the chart above, ESD's low point in its 52 week range is $16.80 per share, with $22.84 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $18.09.
In Monday trading, Western Asset Emerging Markets Debt Fund shares are currently up about 0.1% on the day.