Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 11/26/14, Nelnet Inc (NNI - Get Report), FirstMerit Corp (FMER, and Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (PTP will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Nelnet Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.10 on 12/15/14, FirstMerit Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.16 on 12/15/14, and Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.08 on 12/31/14.

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As a percentage of NNI's recent stock price of $45.39, this dividend works out to approximately 0.22%, so look for shares of Nelnet Inc to trade 0.22% lower — all else being equal — when NNI shares open for trading on 11/26/14. Similarly, investors should look for FMER to open 0.87% lower in price and for PTP to open 0.11% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for NNI, FMER, and PTP, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Nelnet Inc (NNI - Get Report):

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FirstMerit Corp (FMER:

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Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (PTP:

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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 0.88% for Nelnet Inc, 3.48% for FirstMerit Corp, and 0.44% for Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd..

In Monday trading, Nelnet Inc shares are currently trading flat, FirstMerit Corp shares are up about 1.2%, and Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. shares are up about 19.2% on the day.