Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/20/14, PacWest Bancorp (PACW), Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd (AHL), and CNA Financial Corp. (CNA) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. PacWest Bancorp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 3/5/14, Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.18 on 3/7/14, and CNA Financial Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 3/12/14.
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As a percentage of PACW's recent stock price of $39.98, this dividend works out to approximately 0.63%, so look for shares of PacWest Bancorp to trade 0.63% lower — all else being equal — when PACW shares open for trading on 2/20/14. Similarly, investors should look for AHL to open 0.46% lower in price and for CNA to open 0.60% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for PACW, AHL, and CNA, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
PacWest Bancorp (PACW)
Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd (AHL)
CNA Financial Corp. (CNA)
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 2.50% for PacWest Bancorp, 1.86% for Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd, and 2.38% for CNA Financial Corp..