Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/27/14, Rockwood Holdings Inc (ROC), Valspar Corp. (VAL), and Sherwin-Williams Co. (SHW) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Rockwood Holdings Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.45 on 3/18/14, Valspar Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.26 on 3/14/14, and Sherwin-Williams Co. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.55 on 3/14/14.
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As a percentage of ROC's recent stock price of $74.27, this dividend works out to approximately 0.61%, so look for shares of Rockwood Holdings Inc to trade 0.61% lower — all else being equal — when ROC shares open for trading on 2/27/14. Similarly, investors should look for VAL to open 0.35% lower in price and for SHW to open 0.28% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for ROC, VAL, and SHW, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
Rockwood Holdings Inc (ROC)
Valspar Corp. (VAL)
Sherwin-Williams Co. (SHW)
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 2.42% for Rockwood Holdings Inc, 1.41% for Valspar Corp., and 1.13% for Sherwin-Williams Co..