Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 3/15/18, Rayonier Inc. (RYN - Get Report), Carolina Financial Corp (CARO), and Popular Inc. (BPOP) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Rayonier Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 3/29/18, Carolina Financial Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.05 on 4/6/18, and Popular Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 4/2/18.

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As a percentage of RYN's recent stock price of $35.67, this dividend works out to approximately 0.70%, so look for shares of Rayonier Inc. to trade 0.70% lower — all else being equal — when RYN shares open for trading on 3/15/18. Similarly, investors should look for CARO to open 0.12% lower in price and for BPOP to open 0.56% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for RYN, CARO, and BPOP, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Rayonier Inc. (RYN - Get Report):


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Popular Inc. (BPOP):


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 2.80% for Rayonier Inc., 0.49% for Carolina Financial Corp , and 2.25% for Popular Inc..

In Tuesday trading, Rayonier Inc. shares are currently up about 0.7%, Carolina Financial Corp shares are up about 0.1%, and Popular Inc. shares are up about 0.1% on the day.