Ex-Dividend Reminder: HSBC Holdings, Viacom and Dana Holding

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Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 3/12/14, HSBC Holdings plc (Symbol: HSBC), Viacom Inc (Symbol: VIA), and Dana Holding Corp (Symbol: DAN) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. HSBC Holdings plc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.95 on 4/30/14, Viacom Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.30 on 4/1/14, and Dana Holding Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.05 on 4/4/14. As a percentage of HSBC's recent stock price of $51.66, this dividend works out to approximately 1.84%, so look for shares of HSBC Holdings plc to trade 1.84% lower - all else being equal - when HSBC shares open for trading on 3/12/14. Similarly, investors should look for VIA to open 0.34% lower in price and for DAN to open 0.23% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for HSBC, VIA, and DAN, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

HSBC Holdings plc (Symbol: HSBC) :

HSBC+Dividend+History+Chart

Viacom Inc (Symbol: VIA) :

VIA+Dividend+History+Chart

Dana Holding Corp (Symbol: DAN) :

DAN+Dividend+History+Chart

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 7.36% for HSBC Holdings plc, 1.36% for Viacom Inc, and 0.91% for Dana Holding Corp.

In Monday trading, HSBC Holdings plc shares are currently off about 1.1%, Viacom Inc shares are off about 0.1%, and Dana Holding Corp shares are down about 0.3% on the day.

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Referenced Stocks: HSBC , VIA , DAN

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