Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 2/26/14, Blackbaud, Inc. (Symbol: BLKB), DST Systems Inc. (Symbol: DST), and Union Pacific Corp (Symbol: UNP) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Blackbaud, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.12 on 3/14/14, DST Systems Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.30 on 3/14/14, and Union Pacific Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.91 on 4/1/14. As a percentage of BLKB's recent stock price of $33.00, this dividend works out to approximately 0.36%, so look for shares of Blackbaud, Inc. to trade 0.36% lower - all else being equal - when BLKB shares open for trading on 2/26/14. Similarly, investors should look for DST to open 0.32% lower in price and for UNP to open 0.51% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for BLKB, DST, and UNP, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared. Blackbaud, Inc. (Symbol: BLKB)
: DST Systems Inc. (Symbol: DST)
: Union Pacific Corp (Symbol: UNP)
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 1.45% for Blackbaud, Inc., 1.27% for DST Systems Inc. , and 2.03% for Union Pacific Corp. In Monday trading, Blackbaud, Inc. shares are currently up about 0.8%, DST Systems Inc. shares are up about 0.3%, and Union Pacific Corp shares are up about 0.1% on the day.
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