Cash Dividend On The Way From PG&E Corp.'s 5% 1st Preferred Non-Redeemable

On 10/29/13, PG&E Corp.'s 5% 1st Preferred Non-Redeemable ( PCG.PRC) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.3125, payable on 11/15/13. As a percentage of PCG.PRC's recent share price of $24.56, this dividend works out to approximately 1.27%, so look for shares of PCG.PRC to trade 1.27% lower — all else being equal — when PCG.PRC shares open for trading on 10/29/13. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 5.26%, which compares to an average yield of 5.24% in the "Utilities" preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel.

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As of last close, PCG.PRC was trading at a 7.69% discount to its liquidation preference amount. Investors should keep in mind that the shares are not cumulative, meaning that in the event of a missed payment, the company does not have to pay the balance of missed dividends to preferred shareholders before resuming a common dividend. The chart below shows the one year performance of PCG.PRC shares, versus PCG:

Performance Comparison Chart

Below is a dividend history chart for PCG.PRC, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.3125 on PG&E Corp.'s 5% 1st Preferred Non-Redeemable:

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According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, PG&E Corp. ( PCG) makes up 3.89% of the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund ETF (XLU) which is trading relatively unchanged on the day Friday.

In Friday trading, PG&E Corp.'s 5% 1st Preferred Non-Redeemable ( PCG.PRC) is currently up about 3.3% on the day, while the common shares ( PCG) are trading flat.

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