Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/26/14, Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX), Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. (NWL), and Cabot Corp. (CBT) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Barrick Gold Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.05 on 3/17/14, Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.15 on 3/14/14, and Cabot Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.20 on 3/14/14.
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As a percentage of ABX's recent stock price of $21.10, this dividend works out to approximately 0.24%, so look for shares of Barrick Gold Corp. to trade 0.24% lower — all else being equal — when ABX shares open for trading on 2/26/14. Similarly, investors should look for NWL to open 0.47% lower in price and for CBT to open 0.38% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for ABX, NWL, and CBT, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX)
Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. (NWL)
Cabot Corp. (CBT)
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 0.95% for Barrick Gold Corp., 1.88% for Newell Rubbermaid, Inc., and 1.51% for Cabot Corp..