Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 3/7/17, Alon USA Energy Inc (ALJ) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.15, payable on 3/17/17. As a percentage of ALJ's recent stock price of $12.29, this dividend works out to approximately 1.22%, so look for shares of Alon USA Energy Inc to trade 1.22% lower — all else being equal — when ALJ shares open for trading on 3/7/17.

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Below is a dividend history chart for ALJ, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent $0.15 declared by Alon USA Energy Inc:

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In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from ALJ is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 4.88% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of ALJ shares, versus its 200 day moving average:

Alon USA Energy Inc 200 Day Moving Average Chart

Looking at the chart above, ALJ's low point in its 52 week range is $5.86 per share, with $13.01 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $12.30.

In Friday trading, Alon USA Energy Inc shares are currently up about 0.4% on the day.