Ex-Dividend Reminder: FBL Financial Group, Community Bank System And Validus Holdings

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 6/11/15, FBL Financial Group, Inc. (FFG), Community Bank System, Inc. (CBU), and Validus Holdings Ltd (VR) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. FBL Financial Group, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.40 on 6/30/15, Community Bank System, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.30 on 7/10/15, and Validus Holdings Ltd will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.32 on 6/30/15.

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As a percentage of FFG's recent stock price of $56.13, this dividend works out to approximately 0.71%, so look for shares of FBL Financial Group, Inc. to trade 0.71% lower — all else being equal — when FFG shares open for trading on 6/11/15. Similarly, investors should look for CBU to open 0.82% lower in price and for VR to open 0.76% lower, all else being equal.

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

FBL Financial Group, Inc. (FFG):

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Community Bank System, Inc. (CBU):

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Validus Holdings Ltd (VR):

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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 FBL Financial Group, Inc., 3.28% for Community Bank System, Inc., and 3.03% for Validus Holdings Ltd.

In Tuesday trading, FBL Financial Group, Inc. shares are currently up about 0.1%, Community Bank System, Inc. shares are trading flat, and Validus Holdings Ltd shares are down about 0.3% on the day.

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