Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/28/14, Herbalife Ltd. (HLF), Omnicom Group, Inc. (OMC), and Cinemark Holdings Inc (CNK) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Herbalife Ltd. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.30 on 3/18/14, Omnicom Group, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.40 on 4/1/14, and Cinemark Holdings Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 3/19/14.
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As a percentage of HLF's recent stock price of $67.94, this dividend works out to approximately 0.44%, so look for shares of Herbalife Ltd. to trade 0.44% lower — all else being equal — when HLF shares open for trading on 2/28/14. Similarly, investors should look for OMC to open 0.53% lower in price and for CNK to open 0.87% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for HLF, OMC, and CNK, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
Herbalife Ltd. (HLF)
Omnicom Group, Inc. (OMC)
Cinemark Holdings Inc (CNK)
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 1.77% for Herbalife Ltd., 2.10% for Omnicom Group, Inc., and 3.46% for Cinemark Holdings Inc.