Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 11/7/17, National Western Life Group Inc (NWLI - Get Report), Heritage Financial Corp. (HFWA), and Federated Investors Inc (FII) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. National Western Life Group Inc will pay its annual dividend of $0.36 on 12/1/17, Heritage Financial Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.13 on 11/22/17, and Federated Investors Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 11/15/17.

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As a percentage of NWLI's recent stock price of $361.30, this dividend works out to approximately 0.10%, so look for shares of National Western Life Group Inc to trade 0.10% lower — all else being equal — when NWLI shares open for trading on 11/7/17. Similarly, investors should look for HFWA to open 0.42% lower in price and for FII to open 0.79% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for NWLI, HFWA, and FII, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

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Federated Investors Inc (FII):


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 0.10% for National Western Life Group Inc, 1.67% for Heritage Financial Corp. , and 3.16% for Federated Investors Inc .

In Friday trading, National Western Life Group Inc shares are currently trading flat, Heritage Financial Corp. shares are up about 0.3%, and Federated Investors Inc shares are down about 0.6% on the day.