Ex-Dividend Reminder: Avista, AstraZeneca And Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/19/14, Avista Corp. (AVA), AstraZeneca plc (AZN), and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Avista Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.3175 on 3/14/14, AstraZeneca plc will pay its semi-annual dividend of $1.90 on 3/24/14, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.34 on 3/10/14.

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As a percentage of AVA's recent stock price of $29.89, this dividend works out to approximately 1.06%, so look for shares of Avista Corp. to trade 1.06% lower — all else being equal — when AVA shares open for trading on 2/19/14. Similarly, investors should look for AZN to open 2.79% lower in price and for TEVA to open 0.74% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for AVA, AZN, and TEVA, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Avista Corp. (AVA):

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AstraZeneca plc (AZN):

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA):

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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 4.25% for Avista Corp., 5.59% for AstraZeneca plc, and 2.96% for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

In Tuesday trading, Avista Corp. shares are currently up about 0.2%, AstraZeneca plc shares are up about 0.9%, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd shares are up about 3.9% on the day.

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