Ex-Dividend Reminder: Matson, Landstar System And Golar LNG Partners

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 5/5/15, Matson Inc ( MATX), Landstar System, Inc. ( LSTR), and Golar LNG Partners LP ( GMLP) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Matson Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.17 on 6/4/15, Landstar System, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.07 on 5/29/15, and Golar LNG Partners LP will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.5775 on 5/14/15.

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As a percentage of MATX's recent stock price of $40.96, this dividend works out to approximately 0.42%, so look for shares of Matson Inc to trade 0.42% lower — all else being equal — when MATX shares open for trading on 5/5/15. Similarly, investors should look for LSTR to open 0.11% lower in price and for GMLP to open 1.97% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for MATX, LSTR, and GMLP, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Matson Inc (MATX):

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Landstar System, Inc. (LSTR):

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Golar LNG Partners LP (GMLP):

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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 1.66% for Matson Inc, 0.45% for Landstar System, Inc., and 7.90% for Golar LNG Partners LP.

In Friday trading, Matson Inc shares are currently up about 1.1%, Landstar System, Inc. shares are up about 0.8%, and Golar LNG Partners LP shares are up about 0.1% on the day.

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