Ex-Dividend Reminder: Estee Lauder, La-Z-Boy and Flowers Foods

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/26/14, Estee Lauder Cos., Inc. (EL), La-Z-Boy Inc. (LZB), and Flowers Foods, Inc. (FLO) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Estee Lauder Cos., Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.20 on 3/17/14, La-Z-Boy Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.06 on 3/10/14, and Flowers Foods, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.1125 on 3/14/14.

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As a percentage of EL's recent stock price of $67.79, this dividend works out to approximately 0.30%, so look for shares of Estee Lauder Cos., Inc. to trade 0.30% lower — all else being equal — when EL shares open for trading on 2/26/14. Similarly, investors should look for LZB to open 0.23% lower in price and for FLO to open 0.54% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for EL, LZB, and FLO, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Estee Lauder Cos., Inc. (EL):

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La-Z-Boy Inc. (LZB):

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Flowers Foods, Inc. (FLO):

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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 1.18% for Estee Lauder Cos., Inc. , 0.93% for La-Z-Boy Inc., and 2.15% for Flowers Foods, Inc..

In Monday trading, Estee Lauder Cos., Inc. shares are currently up about 0.2%, La-Z-Boy Inc. shares are up about 0.5%, and Flowers Foods, Inc. shares are up about 0.7% on the day.

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