Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/27/14, Safety Insurance Group, Inc. (SAFT), Associated Banc-Corp. (ASBC), and Allstate Corp. (ALL) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Safety Insurance Group, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.60 on 3/14/14, Associated Banc-Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.09 on 3/17/14, and Allstate Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.28 on 4/1/14.
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As a percentage of SAFT's recent stock price of $56.32, this dividend works out to approximately 1.07%, so look for shares of Safety Insurance Group, Inc. to trade 1.07% lower — all else being equal — when SAFT shares open for trading on 2/27/14. Similarly, investors should look for ASBC to open 0.55% lower in price and for ALL to open 0.52% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for SAFT, ASBC, and ALL, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
Safety Insurance Group, Inc. (SAFT)
Associated Banc-Corp. (ASBC)
Allstate Corp. (ALL)
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 4.26% for Safety Insurance Group, Inc., 2.20% for Associated Banc-Corp., and 2.09% for Allstate Corp..