Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 8/26/15, Cabot Corp. (CBT - Get Report), Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (SWM), and Oceaneering International, Inc. (OII) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Cabot Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.22 on 9/11/15, Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.38 on 9/25/15, and Oceaneering International, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.27 on 9/18/15.

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As a percentage of CBT's recent stock price of $33.59, this dividend works out to approximately 0.65%, so look for shares of Cabot Corp. to trade 0.65% lower — all else being equal — when CBT shares open for trading on 8/26/15. Similarly, investors should look for SWM to open 1.16% lower in price and for OII to open 0.71% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for CBT, SWM, and OII, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Cabot Corp. (CBT - Get Report):

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Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (SWM):

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Oceaneering International, Inc. (OII):

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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 2.62% for Cabot Corp., 4.62% for Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc., and 2.83% for Oceaneering International, Inc..

In Monday trading, Cabot Corp. shares are currently up about 1%, Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. shares are off about 3.1%, and Oceaneering International, Inc. shares are off about 4% on the day.