Big Lots, Inc. ( BIG ) will begin trading ex-dividend on December 15, 2015. A cash dividend payment of $0.19 per share is scheduled to be paid on December 31, 2015. Shareholders who purchased BIG prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This marks the 4th quarter that BIG has paid the same dividend. At the current stock price of $38.35, the dividend yield is 1.98%.
The previous trading day's last sale of BIG was $38.35, representing a -24.97% decrease from the 52 week high of $51.11 and a 0.79% increase over the 52 week low of $38.05.
BIG is a part of the Consumer Services sector, which includes companies such as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ( WMT ) and Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST ). BIG's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $2.68. Zacks Investment Research reports BIG's forecasted earnings growth in 2016 as 20.51%, compared to an industry average of 18.4%.
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