Reminder - BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund (DSU) Goes Ex-Dividend Soon

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 10/11/13, BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund ( DSU) will trade ex-dividend, for its monthly dividend of $0.025, payable on 10/31/13. As a percentage of DSU's recent stock price of $3.96, this dividend works out to approximately 0.63%, so look for shares of BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund to trade 0.63% lower — all else being equal — when DSU shares open for trading on 10/11/13.

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Below is a dividend history chart for DSU, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.025 declared by BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund:

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In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from DSU is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 7.58% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of DSU shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund 200 Day Moving Average Chart

Looking at the chart above, DSU's low point in its 52 week range is $3.85 per share, with $4.65 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $3.96.

In Wednesday trading, BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund shares are currently down about 0.5% on the day.
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