Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 3/7/18, Cinemark Holdings Inc (CNK - Get Report), Capella Education Company (CPLA), and NutriSystem Inc (NTRI) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Cinemark Holdings Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.32 on 3/22/18, Capella Education Company will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.43 on 4/13/18, and NutriSystem Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 3/19/18.

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As a percentage of CNK's recent stock price of $41.54, this dividend works out to approximately 0.77%, so look for shares of Cinemark Holdings Inc to trade 0.77% lower — all else being equal — when CNK shares open for trading on 3/7/18. Similarly, investors should look for CPLA to open 0.53% lower in price and for NTRI to open 0.81% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for CNK, CPLA, and NTRI, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Cinemark Holdings Inc (CNK - Get Report):

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Capella Education Company (CPLA):

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NutriSystem Inc (NTRI):

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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 3.08% for Cinemark Holdings Inc, 2.10% for Capella Education Company, and 3.23% for NutriSystem Inc.

In Monday trading, Cinemark Holdings Inc shares are currently down about 0.7%, Capella Education Company shares are up about 5.1%, and NutriSystem Inc shares are down about 1.4% on the day.