Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 3/12/14, United Bankshares, Inc. (UBSI), MB Financial Inc (MBFI), and American Assets Trust, Inc. (AAT) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. United Bankshares, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.32 on 4/1/14, MB Financial Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.12 on 3/31/14, and American Assets Trust, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.22 on 3/28/14.
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As a percentage of UBSI's recent stock price of $30.43, this dividend works out to approximately 1.05%, so look for shares of United Bankshares, Inc. to trade 1.05% lower — all else being equal — when UBSI shares open for trading on 3/12/14. Similarly, investors should look for MBFI to open 0.37% lower in price and for AAT to open 0.67% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for UBSI, MBFI, and AAT, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
United Bankshares, Inc. (UBSI)
MB Financial Inc (MBFI)
American Assets Trust, Inc. (AAT)
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 4.21% for United Bankshares, Inc., 1.49% for MB Financial Inc, and 2.69% for American Assets Trust, Inc..