Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 3/12/18, Cott Corp (COT), State Auto Financial Corp. (STFC), and Easterly Government Properties Inc (DEA) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Cott Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.06 on 3/28/18, State Auto Financial Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.10 on 3/29/18, and Easterly Government Properties Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.26 on 3/28/18.

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As a percentage of COT's recent stock price of $15.62, this dividend works out to approximately 0.38%, so look for shares of Cott Corp to trade 0.38% lower — all else being equal — when COT shares open for trading on 3/12/18. Similarly, investors should look for STFC to open 0.34% lower in price and for DEA to open 1.30% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for COT, STFC, and DEA, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Cott Corp (COT):

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State Auto Financial Corp. (STFC):

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Easterly Government Properties Inc (DEA):

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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 1.54% for Cott Corp, 1.38% for State Auto Financial Corp., and 5.22% for Easterly Government Properties Inc.

In Thursday trading, Cott Corp shares are currently up about 0.3%, State Auto Financial Corp. shares are down about 0.7%, and Easterly Government Properties Inc shares are trading flat on the day.

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