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12/24/2012 2:00:04 PM
St. Jude Medical, Inc. ( STJ ) has announced an ex-dividend date of December 27, 2012 and a cash dividend payment of $0.23 per share scheduled for January 31, 2013. Shareholders who purchased STJ stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 4th quarter that STJ has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $36.24, the dividend yield is 2.54%.
The previous trading day's last sale of STJ was $36.24, representing a -19.11% decrease from the 52 week high of $44.80 and a 19.8% increase over the 52 week low of $30.25.
STJ is a part of the Health Care sector, which includes companies such as Medtronic, Inc. ( MDT ) and Varian Medical Systems, Inc. ( VAR ). STJ's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $2.52. Zacks Investment Research reports STJ's forecasted earnings growth in 2012 as 4.57%, compared to an industry average of 9%.
For more information on the declaration, record and payment dates, visit the STJ Dividend History page.
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