Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 10/17/13, Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.60, payable on 11/20/13. As a percentage of CAT's recent stock price of $86.62, this dividend works out to approximately 0.69%, so look for shares of Caterpillar Inc. to trade 0.69% lower — all else being equal — when CAT shares open for trading on 10/17/13.
Below is a dividend history chart for CAT, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.60 declared by Caterpillar Inc.:
In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from CAT is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 2.77% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of CAT shares, versus its 200 day moving average:Looking at the chart above, CAT's low point in its 52 week range is $79.49 per share, with $99.70 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $86.53.
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According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, CAT makes up 3.62% of the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) which is trading lower by about 0.3% on the day Tuesday. In Tuesday trading, Caterpillar Inc. shares are currently up about 0.4% on the day.