Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 3/15/18, DDR Corp (DDR), TriCo Bancshares (TCBK), and Infinity Property & Casualty Corp (IPCC) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. DDR Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.19 on 4/3/18, TriCo Bancshares will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.17 on 3/30/18, and Infinity Property & Casualty Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.58 on 3/30/18.

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As a percentage of DDR's recent stock price of $7.51, this dividend works out to approximately 2.53%, so look for shares of DDR Corp to trade 2.53% lower — all else being equal — when DDR shares open for trading on 3/15/18. Similarly, investors should look for TCBK to open 0.44% lower in price and for IPCC to open 0.48% lower, all else being equal.

When an S&P 1500 component reaches 20 years of dividend increases, it becomes a contender to join the elite "Dividend Aristocrats" index. Infinity Property & Casualty Corp ( IPCC) is a " future dividend aristocrats contender," with 14+ years of increases.

Below are dividend history charts for DDR, TCBK, and IPCC, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

DDR Corp (DDR):

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TriCo Bancshares (TCBK):

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Infinity Property & Casualty Corp (IPCC):

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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 10.12% for DDR Corp, 1.74% for TriCo Bancshares , and 1.91% for Infinity Property & Casualty Corp.

In Tuesday trading, DDR Corp shares are currently down about 0.5%, TriCo Bancshares shares are off about 0.4%, and Infinity Property & Casualty Corp shares are up about 0.4% on the day.