Ex-Dividend Reminder: WestRock, BP and Viper Energy Partners

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Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 2/15/18, WestRock Co (Symbol: WRK), BP PLC (Symbol: BP), and Viper Energy Partners LP (Symbol: VNOM) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. WestRock Co will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.43 on 2/26/18, BP PLC will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.60 on 3/29/18, and Viper Energy Partners LP will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.46 on 2/26/18. As a percentage of WRK's recent stock price of $63.05, this dividend works out to approximately 0.68%, so look for shares of WestRock Co to trade 0.68% lower - all else being equal - when WRK shares open for trading on 2/15/18. Similarly, investors should look for BP to open 1.51% lower in price and for VNOM to open 1.97% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for WRK, BP, and VNOM, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

WestRock Co (Symbol: WRK) :


BP PLC (Symbol: BP) :


Viper Energy Partners LP (Symbol: VNOM) :


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 2.73% for WestRock Co, 6.05% for BP PLC, and 7.89% for Viper Energy Partners LP.

In Tuesday trading, WestRock Co shares are currently down about 0.3%, BP PLC shares are off about 0.5%, and Viper Energy Partners LP shares are down about 0.1% 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: WRK , BP , VNOM

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