Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 9/28/15, Ensign Group Inc (Symbol: ENSG), National Healthcare Corp. (Symbol: NHC), and St Jude Medical Inc (Symbol: STJ) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Ensign Group Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.075 on 10/31/15, National Healthcare Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.40 on 12/1/15, and St Jude Medical Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.29 on 10/30/15. As a percentage of ENSG's recent stock price of $46.84, this dividend works out to approximately 0.16%, so look for shares of Ensign Group Inc to trade 0.16% lower - all else being equal - when ENSG shares open for trading on 9/28/15. Similarly, investors should look for NHC to open 0.64% lower in price and for STJ to open 0.44% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for ENSG, NHC, and STJ, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared. Ensign Group Inc (Symbol: ENSG) :
National Healthcare Corp. (Symbol: NHC) :
St Jude Medical Inc (Symbol: STJ) :
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 0.64% for Ensign Group Inc, 2.55% for National Healthcare Corp., and 1.75% for St Jude Medical Inc. In Thursday trading, Ensign Group Inc shares are currently down about 0.2%, National Healthcare Corp. shares are up about 0.1%, and St Jude Medical Inc shares are down about 0.2% on the day.