Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 8/31/17, Mueller Industries Inc (MLI - Get Report), Deltic Timber Corp. (DEL, and Valhi, Inc. (VHI will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Mueller Industries Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.10 on 9/22/17, Deltic Timber Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.10 on 9/19/17, and Valhi, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.02 on 9/28/17.

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As a percentage of MLI's recent stock price of $28.90, this dividend works out to approximately 0.35%, so look for shares of Mueller Industries Inc to trade 0.35% lower — all else being equal — when MLI shares open for trading on 8/31/17. Similarly, investors should look for DEL to open 0.13% lower in price and for VHI to open 0.91% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for MLI, DEL, and VHI, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Mueller Industries Inc (MLI - Get Report):

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Deltic Timber Corp. (DEL:

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Valhi, Inc. (VHI:

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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 1.38% for Mueller Industries Inc, 0.53% for Deltic Timber Corp., and 3.62% for Valhi, Inc..

In Tuesday trading, Mueller Industries Inc shares are currently off about 0.6%, Deltic Timber Corp. shares are trading flat, and Valhi, Inc. shares are down about 0.6% on the day.