Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/26/14, Babcock & Wilcox Co. (BWC), NextEra Energy Inc (NEE), and Allergan, Inc (AGN) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Babcock & Wilcox Co. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.10 on 3/17/14, NextEra Energy Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.725 on 3/17/14, and Allergan, Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.05 on 3/21/14.

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As a percentage of BWC's recent stock price of $35.26, this dividend works out to approximately 0.28%, so look for shares of Babcock & Wilcox Co. to trade 0.28% lower — all else being equal — when BWC shares open for trading on 2/26/14. Similarly, investors should look for NEE to open 0.78% lower in price and for AGN to open 0.04% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for BWC, NEE, and AGN, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Babcock & Wilcox Co. (BWC):


NextEra Energy Inc (NEE):


Allergan, Inc (AGN):


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 1.13% for Babcock & Wilcox Co. , 3.14% for NextEra Energy Inc, and 0.16% for Allergan, Inc.

In Monday trading, Babcock & Wilcox Co. shares are currently up about 0.9%, NextEra Energy Inc shares are down about 0.2%, and Allergan, Inc shares are up about 0.5% on the day.