Ex-Dividend Reminder: AFLAC, Equinix and Cognizant Technology Solutions

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Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 8/21/18, AFLAC Inc (Symbol: AFL), Equinix Inc (Symbol: EQIX), and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (Symbol: CTSH) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. AFLAC Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.26 on 9/1/18, Equinix Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $2.28 on 9/19/18, and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.20 on 8/31/18. As a percentage of AFL's recent stock price of $46.56, this dividend works out to approximately 0.56%, so look for shares of AFLAC Inc to trade 0.56% lower - all else being equal - when AFL shares open for trading on 8/21/18. Similarly, investors should look for EQIX to open 0.51% lower in price and for CTSH to open 0.26% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for AFL, EQIX, and CTSH, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

AFLAC Inc (Symbol: AFL) :


Equinix Inc (Symbol: EQIX) :


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (Symbol: CTSH) :


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 2.23% for AFLAC Inc, 2.05% for Equinix Inc, and 1.06% for Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp..

In Friday trading, AFLAC Inc shares are currently up about 0.1%, Equinix Inc shares are up about 0.1%, and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. shares are up about 0.6% 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: AFL , EQIX , CTSH

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