Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 8/14/17, MSA Safety Inc (MSA - Get Report), Circor International Inc (CIR), and AVX Corp. (AVX) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. MSA Safety Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.35 on 9/10/17, Circor International Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.0375 on 8/30/17, and AVX Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.11 on 9/1/17.

START SLIDESHOW:
Click here to learn which 25 S.A.F.E. dividend stocks should be on your radar screen »

As a percentage of MSA's recent stock price of $68.09, this dividend works out to approximately 0.51%, so look for shares of MSA Safety Inc to trade 0.51% lower — all else being equal — when MSA shares open for trading on 8/14/17. Similarly, investors should look for CIR to open 0.08% lower in price and for AVX to open 0.63% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for MSA, CIR, and AVX, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

MSA Safety Inc (MSA - Get Report):

MSA+Dividend+History+Chart

Circor International Inc (CIR):

CIR+Dividend+History+Chart

AVX Corp. (AVX):

AVX+Dividend+History+Chart

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 2.06% for MSA Safety Inc, 0.31% for Circor International Inc, and 2.52% for AVX Corp..

In Thursday trading, MSA Safety Inc shares are currently off about 0.9%, Circor International Inc shares are trading flat, and AVX Corp. shares are off about 0.7% on the day.