Ex-Dividend Reminder: Validus Holdings, MB Financial and Retail Opportunity Investments

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 12/11/14, Validus Holdings Ltd (VR), MB Financial Inc (MBFI), and Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (ROIC) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Validus Holdings Ltd will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.30 on 12/31/14, MB Financial Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.14 on 12/31/14, and Retail Opportunity Investments Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.16 on 12/29/14.

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As a percentage of VR's recent stock price of $42.06, this dividend works out to approximately 0.71%, so look for shares of Validus Holdings Ltd to trade 0.71% lower — all else being equal — when VR shares open for trading on 12/11/14. Similarly, investors should look for MBFI to open 0.45% lower in price and for ROIC to open 0.98% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for VR, MBFI, and ROIC, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Validus Holdings Ltd (VR):

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MB Financial Inc (MBFI):

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Retail Opportunity Investments Corp (ROIC):

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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 2.85% for Validus Holdings Ltd, 1.78% for MB Financial Inc, and 3.91% for Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.

In Tuesday trading, Validus Holdings Ltd shares are currently down about 0.3%, MB Financial Inc shares are off about 1.1%, and Retail Opportunity Investments Corp shares are off about 0.9% on the day.

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