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Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 7/1/14, DCT Industrial Trust Inc (DCT), DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT), and First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund (FEI) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. DCT Industrial Trust Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.07 on 7/16/14, DuPont Fabros Technology will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.35 on 7/15/14, and First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund will pay its monthly dividend of $0.1117 on 7/15/14.
As a percentage of DCT's recent stock price of $8.10, this dividend works out to approximately 0.86%, so look for shares of DCT Industrial Trust Inc to trade 0.86% lower — all else being equal — when DCT shares open for trading on 7/1/14. Similarly, investors should look for DFT to open 1.30% lower in price and for FEI to open 0.52% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for DCT, DFT, and FEI, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
DCT Industrial Trust Inc (DCT):
DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT):
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 3.46% for DCT Industrial Trust Inc, 5.21% for DuPont Fabros Technology, and 6.25% for First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund.