Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 8/3/17, OceanFirst Financial Corp (OCFC - Get Report), Webster Financial Corp (WBS), and Oaktree Capital Group LLC (OAK) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. OceanFirst Financial Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.15 on 8/18/17, Webster Financial Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.26 on 8/21/17, and Oaktree Capital Group LLC will pay its quarterly dividend of $1.31 on 8/11/17.

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As a percentage of OCFC's recent stock price of $27.07, this dividend works out to approximately 0.55%, so look for shares of OceanFirst Financial Corp to trade 0.55% lower — all else being equal — when OCFC shares open for trading on 8/3/17. Similarly, investors should look for WBS to open 0.50% lower in price and for OAK to open 2.74% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for OCFC, WBS, and OAK, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

OceanFirst Financial Corp (OCFC - Get Report):


Webster Financial Corp (WBS):


Oaktree Capital Group LLC (OAK):


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 2.22% for OceanFirst Financial Corp, 2.00% for Webster Financial Corp , and 10.95% for Oaktree Capital Group LLC.

In Tuesday trading, OceanFirst Financial Corp shares are currently trading flat, Webster Financial Corp shares are up about 0.1%, and Oaktree Capital Group LLC shares are down about 1.1% on the day.