Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 2/27/14, Wendy's Co (Symbol: WEN), Tim Hortons, Inc. (Symbol: THI), and Empire District Electric Co. (Symbol: EDE) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Wendy's Co will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.05 on 3/17/14, Tim Hortons, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.32 on 3/18/14, and Empire District Electric Co. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.255 on 3/17/14. As a percentage of WEN's recent stock price of $10.11, this dividend works out to approximately 0.49%, so look for shares of Wendy's Co to trade 0.49% lower - all else being equal - when WEN shares open for trading on 2/27/14. Similarly, investors should look for THI to open 0.61% lower in price and for EDE to open 1.06% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for WEN, THI, and EDE, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared. Wendy's Co (Symbol: WEN)
: Tim Hortons, Inc. (Symbol: THI)
: Empire District Electric Co. (Symbol: EDE)
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 1.98% for Wendy's Co , 2.44% for Tim Hortons, Inc., and 4.23% for Empire District Electric Co.. In Tuesday trading, Wendy's Co shares are currently up about 1.2%, Tim Hortons, Inc. shares are up about 0.4%, and Empire District Electric Co. shares are up about 1.2% on the day.
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