Reminder: Colony Financial Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock Goes Ex-Dividend Soon

On 12/27/13, Colony Financial Inc.'s 8.50% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock ( CLNY.PRA) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.5312, payable on 1/15/14. As a percentage of CLNY.PRA's recent share price of $25.30, this dividend works out to approximately 2.10%, so look for shares of CLNY.PRA to trade 2.10% lower — all else being equal — when CLNY.PRA shares open for trading on 12/27/13. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 8.42%, which compares to an average yield of 7.82% in the "Real Estate" preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel.

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As of last close, CLNY.PRA was trading at a 1.00% premium to its liquidation preference amount. The chart below shows the one year performance of CLNY.PRA shares, versus CLNY:

Performance Comparison Chart

Below is a dividend history chart for CLNY.PRA, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.5312 on Colony Financial Inc.'s 8.50% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock :

CLNY.PRA+Dividend+History+Chart

According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, Colony Financial Inc. ( CLNY) makes up 3.70% of the Mortgage REIT Income ETF (MORT) which is trading lower by about 0.1% on the day Thursday.

In Thursday trading, Colony Financial Inc.'s 8.50% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock ( CLNY.PRA) is currently up about 0.2% on the day, while the common shares ( CLNY) are up about 0.5%.

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