Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 4/18/19, Caterpillar Inc. (Symbol: CAT) will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.86, payable on 5/20/19. As a percentage of CAT's recent stock price of $140.81, this dividend works out to approximately 0.61%, so look for shares of Caterpillar Inc. to trade 0.61% lower — all else being equal — when CAT shares open for trading on 4/18/19.
In general, dividends are not always predictable; but looking at the history above can help in judging whether the most recent dividend from CAT is likely to continue, and whether the current estimated yield of 2.44% on annualized basis is a reasonable expectation of annual yield going forward. The chart below shows the one year performance of CAT shares, versus its 200 day moving average:
Looking at the chart above, CAT's low point in its 52 week range is $112.06 per share, with $161.60 as the 52 week high point — that compares with a last trade of $140.29.
In Tuesday trading, Caterpillar Inc. shares are currently up about 0.4% on the day.
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