Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 9/9/13, State Auto Financial Corp. (STFC) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.10, payable on 9/30/13. As a percentage of STFC's recent stock price of $19.29, this dividend works out to approximately 0.52%, so look for shares of State Auto Financial Corp. to trade 0.52% lower — all else being equal — when STFC shares open for trading on 9/9/13.
Below is a dividend history chart for STFC, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.10 declared by State Auto 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 STFC is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 2.07% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of STFC shares, versus its 200 day moving average:Looking at the chart above, STFC's low point in its 52 week range is $13.69 per share, with $23.10 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $19.29.
In Thursday trading, State Auto Financial Corp. shares are currently up about 2.7% on the day.