Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 5/11/17, Seaboard Corp. (SEB - Get Report), Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP), and MGP Ingredients Inc (MGPI) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Seaboard Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $1.50 on 5/25/17, Standard Motor Products, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.19 on 6/1/17, and MGP Ingredients Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.04 on 6/9/17.

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As a percentage of SEB's recent stock price of $4025.00, this dividend works out to approximately 0.04%, so look for shares of Seaboard Corp. to trade 0.04% lower — all else being equal — when SEB shares open for trading on 5/11/17. Similarly, investors should look for SMP to open 0.38% lower in price and for MGPI to open 0.07% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for SEB, SMP, and MGPI, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Seaboard Corp. (SEB - Get Report):

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Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP):

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MGP Ingredients Inc (MGPI):

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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 0.15% for Seaboard Corp., 1.50% for Standard Motor Products, Inc., and 0.30% for MGP Ingredients Inc .

In Tuesday trading, Seaboard Corp. shares are currently up about 0.4%, Standard Motor Products, Inc. shares are trading flat, and MGP Ingredients Inc shares are up about 0.3% on the day.