Ex-Dividend Reminder: B&G Foods, Sanderson Farms and Dillard's

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 9/26/14, B&G Foods Inc (BGS), Sanderson Farms, Inc. (SAFM), and Dillard's Inc. (DDS) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. B&G Foods Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.34 on 10/30/14, Sanderson Farms, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.22 on 10/14/14, and Dillard's Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.06 on 11/3/14.

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As a percentage of BGS's recent stock price of $27.95, this dividend works out to approximately 1.22%, so look for shares of B&G Foods Inc to trade 1.22% lower — all else being equal — when BGS shares open for trading on 9/26/14. Similarly, investors should look for SAFM to open 0.25% lower in price and for DDS to open 0.05% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for BGS, SAFM, and DDS, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

B&G Foods Inc (BGS):

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Sanderson Farms, Inc. (SAFM):

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Dillard's Inc. (DDS):

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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 4.87% for B&G Foods Inc, 0.99% for Sanderson Farms, Inc., and 0.21% for Dillard's Inc..

In Wednesday trading, B&G Foods Inc shares are currently up about 0.5%, Sanderson Farms, Inc. shares are up about 0.4%, and Dillard's Inc. shares are up about 0.8% on the day.

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