Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/20/14, Assurant Inc (AIZ), AllianceBernstein Holding L P (AB), and Regency Centers Corp. (REG) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Assurant Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 3/10/14, AllianceBernstein Holding L P will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.60 on 3/13/14, and Regency Centers Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.47 on 3/6/14.
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As a percentage of AIZ's recent stock price of $64.61, this dividend works out to approximately 0.39%, so look for shares of Assurant Inc to trade 0.39% lower — all else being equal — when AIZ shares open for trading on 2/20/14. Similarly, investors should look for AB to open 2.50% lower in price and for REG to open 0.93% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for AIZ, AB, and REG, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
Assurant Inc (AIZ)
AllianceBernstein Holding L P (AB)
Regency Centers Corp. (REG)
In general, dividends are not always predictable, following the ups and downs of company profits over time. Therefore, a good first due diligence step in forming an expectation of annual yield going forward, is looking at the history above, for a sense of stability over time. This can help in judging whether the most recent dividends from these companies are likely to continue. If they do continue, the current estimated yields on annualized basis would be 1.55% for Assurant Inc, 9.99% for AllianceBernstein Holding L P, and 3.71% for Regency Centers Corp..