Reminder - Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund (CSQ) Goes Ex-Dividend Soon

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 10/8/13, Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund ( CSQ) will trade ex-dividend, for its monthly dividend of $0.07, payable on 10/15/13. As a percentage of CSQ's recent stock price of $10.02, this dividend works out to approximately 0.70%, so look for shares of Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund to trade 0.70% lower — all else being equal — when CSQ shares open for trading on 10/8/13.

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Below is a dividend history chart for CSQ, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.07 declared by Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund:

CSQ+Dividend+History+Chart

In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from CSQ is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 8.38% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of CSQ shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund 200 Day Moving Average Chart

Looking at the chart above, CSQ's low point in its 52 week range is $8.92 per share, with $10.99 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $10.02.

In Friday trading, Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund shares are currently down about 0.1% on the day.
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