Ex-Dividend Reminder: Questar, AGL Resources And Otter Tail

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 8/13/14, Questar Corp. ( STR), AGL Resources Inc. ( GAS), and Otter Tail Corp. ( OTTR) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Questar Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.19 on 9/8/14, AGL Resources Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.49 on 9/1/14, and Otter Tail Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.3025 on 9/10/14.

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As a percentage of STR's recent stock price of $22.13, this dividend works out to approximately 0.86%, so look for shares of Questar Corp. to trade 0.86% lower — all else being equal — when STR shares open for trading on 8/13/14. Similarly, investors should look for GAS to open 0.95% lower in price and for OTTR to open 1.05% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for STR, GAS, and OTTR, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Questar Corp. (STR):

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AGL Resources Inc. (GAS):

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Otter Tail Corp. (OTTR):

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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 3.43% for Questar Corp., 3.81% for AGL Resources Inc., and 4.22% for Otter Tail Corp..

In Monday trading, Questar Corp. shares are currently up about 0.3%, AGL Resources Inc. shares are up about 0.3%, and Otter Tail Corp. shares are up about 0.7% on the day.

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