Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 12/14/17, Simmons First National Corp (SFNC - Get Report), Stewart Information Services Corp. (STC), and Taubman Centers, Inc. (TCO) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Simmons First National Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 1/2/18, Stewart Information Services Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.30 on 12/29/17, and Taubman Centers, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.625 on 12/29/17.

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As a percentage of SFNC's recent stock price of $54.60, this dividend works out to approximately 0.46%, so look for shares of Simmons First National Corp to trade 0.46% lower — all else being equal — when SFNC shares open for trading on 12/14/17. Similarly, investors should look for STC to open 0.73% lower in price and for TCO to open 1.03% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for SFNC, STC, and TCO, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Simmons First National Corp (SFNC - Get Report):

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Stewart Information Services Corp. (STC):

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Taubman Centers, Inc. (TCO):

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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 1.83% for Simmons First National Corp, 2.92% for Stewart Information Services Corp., and 4.11% for Taubman Centers, Inc..

In Tuesday trading, Simmons First National Corp shares are currently trading flat, Stewart Information Services Corp. shares are down about 0.6%, and Taubman Centers, Inc. shares are up about 3.7% on the day.