Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 10/29/14, Eaton Vance Corp (EV - Get Report), Columbia Banking System, Inc. (COLB), and People's United Financial, Inc. (PBCT) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Eaton Vance Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.22 on 11/12/14, Columbia Banking System, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.16 on 11/19/14, and People's United Financial, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.165 on 11/15/14.

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As a percentage of EV's recent stock price of $36.05, this dividend works out to approximately 0.61%, so look for shares of Eaton Vance Corp to trade 0.61% lower — all else being equal — when EV shares open for trading on 10/29/14. Similarly, investors should look for COLB to open 0.62% lower in price and for PBCT to open 1.15% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for EV, COLB, and PBCT, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Eaton Vance Corp (EV - Get Report):

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Columbia Banking System, Inc. (COLB):

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People's United Financial, Inc. (PBCT):

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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 2.44% for Eaton Vance Corp, 2.50% for Columbia Banking System, Inc., and 4.59% for People's United Financial, Inc..

In Monday trading, Eaton Vance Corp shares are currently down about 1%, Columbia Banking System, Inc. shares are off about 0.4%, and People's United Financial, Inc. shares are up about 0.2% on the day.