On 3/31/14, Sun Communities, Inc.'s 7.125% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (SUI.PRA) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.4453, payable on 4/15/14. As a percentage of SUI.PRA's recent share price of $25.35, this dividend works out to approximately 1.76%, so look for shares of SUI.PRA to trade 1.76% lower — all else being equal — when SUI.PRA shares open for trading on 3/31/14. On an annualized basis, the current yield is approximately 7.02%, which compares to an average yield of 7.30% in the "Real Estate" preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel.

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As of last close, SUI.PRA was trading at a 1.52% premium to its liquidation preference amount.The chart below shows the one year performance of SUI.PRA shares, versus SUI:

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Below is a dividend history chart for SUI.PRA, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.4453 on Sun Communities, Inc.'s 7.125% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock :

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According to the ETF Finder at ETF Channel, Sun Communities, Inc. ( SUI - Get Report) makes up 3.22% of the PowerShares KBW Premium Yield Equity REIT Portfolio ETF (KBWY) which is trading higher by about 0.4% on the day Thursday.

In Thursday trading, Sun Communities, Inc.'s 7.125% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock ( SUI.PRA) is currently off about 0.1% on the day, while the common shares ( SUI - Get Report) are up about 1.3%.