Ex-Dividend Reminder: Wal-Mart Stores, Nexstar Media Group and AstraZeneca

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Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 8/9/17, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Symbol: WMT), Nexstar Media Group Inc (Symbol: NXST), and AstraZeneca plc (Symbol: AZN) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.51 on 9/5/17, Nexstar Media Group Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.30 on 8/25/17, and AstraZeneca plc will pay its semi-annual dividend of $0.45 on 9/11/17. As a percentage of WMT's recent stock price of $80.80, this dividend works out to approximately 0.63%, so look for shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to trade 0.63% lower - all else being equal - when WMT shares open for trading on 8/9/17. Similarly, investors should look for NXST to open 0.49% lower in price and for AZN to open 1.50% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for WMT, NXST, and AZN, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Symbol: WMT) :


Nexstar Media Group Inc (Symbol: NXST) :


AstraZeneca plc (Symbol: AZN) :


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 2.52% for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 1.94% for Nexstar Media Group Inc, and 2.99% for AstraZeneca plc.

In Monday trading, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. shares are currently up about 0.4%, Nexstar Media Group Inc shares are up about 0.2%, and AstraZeneca plc shares are off about 0.2% on the day.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Options
Referenced Symbols: WMT , NXST , AZN

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