Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 3/27/14, Rcs Capital Corporation (RCAP), Umpqua Holdings Corp (UMPQ), and Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (SHO) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Rcs Capital Corporation will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.18 on 4/10/14, Umpqua Holdings Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.15 on 4/15/14, and Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.05 on 4/15/14.

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As a percentage of RCAP's recent stock price of $34.42, this dividend works out to approximately 0.52%, so look for shares of Rcs Capital Corporation to trade 0.52% lower — all else being equal — when RCAP shares open for trading on 3/27/14. Similarly, investors should look for UMPQ to open 0.79% lower in price and for SHO to open 0.36% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for RCAP, UMPQ, and SHO, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Rcs Capital Corporation (RCAP):


Umpqua Holdings Corp (UMPQ):


Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (SHO):


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 2.09% for Rcs Capital Corporation, 3.14% for Umpqua Holdings Corp, and 1.45% for Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc.

In Tuesday trading, Rcs Capital Corporation shares are currently trading flat, Umpqua Holdings Corp shares are up about 0.3%, and Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc shares are up about 0.9% on the day.