Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 9/15/16, Universal Health Realty Income Trust (UHT - Get Report), Meridian Bancorp Inc (EBSB), and EastGroup Properties, Inc. (EGP) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Universal Health Realty Income Trust will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.65 on 9/30/16, Meridian Bancorp Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.03 on 10/3/16, and EastGroup Properties, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.62 on 9/30/16.

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As a percentage of UHT's recent stock price of $59.80, this dividend works out to approximately 1.09%, so look for shares of Universal Health Realty Income Trust to trade 1.09% lower — all else being equal — when UHT shares open for trading on 9/15/16. Similarly, investors should look for EBSB to open 0.20% lower in price and for EGP to open 0.88% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for UHT, EBSB, and EGP, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Universal Health Realty Income Trust (UHT - Get Report):

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Meridian Bancorp Inc (EBSB):

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EastGroup Properties, Inc. (EGP):

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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 4.35% for Universal Health Realty Income Trust, 0.79% for Meridian Bancorp Inc, and 3.52% for EastGroup Properties, Inc..

In Tuesday trading, Universal Health Realty Income Trust shares are currently down about 0.8%, Meridian Bancorp Inc shares are off about 0.7%, and EastGroup Properties, Inc. shares are down about 1% on the day.