Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/21/14, Robert Half International Inc. (RHI), Timken Co. (TKR), and Dun & Bradstreet Corp (DNB) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Robert Half International Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.18 on 3/14/14, Timken Co. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 3/7/14, and Dun & Bradstreet Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.44 on 3/12/14.
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As a percentage of RHI's recent stock price of $41.37, this dividend works out to approximately 0.44%, so look for shares of Robert Half International Inc. to trade 0.44% lower — all else being equal — when RHI shares open for trading on 2/21/14. Similarly, investors should look for TKR to open 0.42% lower in price and for DNB to open 0.45% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for RHI, TKR, and DNB, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
Robert Half International Inc. (RHI)
Timken Co. (TKR)
Dun & Bradstreet Corp (DNB)
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 1.74% for Robert Half International Inc., 1.68% for Timken Co. , and 1.82% for Dun & Bradstreet Corp .