Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 2/15/17, EQT Corp (Symbol: EQT), BP p.l.c. (Symbol: BP), and Viper Energy Partners LP (Symbol: VNOM) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. EQT Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.03 on 3/1/17, BP p.l.c. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.60 on 3/31/17, and Viper Energy Partners LP will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.258 on 2/24/17. As a percentage of EQT's recent stock price of $63.56, this dividend works out to approximately 0.05%, so look for shares of EQT Corp to trade 0.05% lower - all else being equal - when EQT shares open for trading on 2/15/17. Similarly, investors should look for BP to open 1.73% lower in price and for VNOM to open 1.42% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for EQT, BP, and VNOM, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
EQT Corp (Symbol: EQT) :
BP p.l.c. (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 0.19% for EQT Corp, 6.94% for BP p.l.c., and 5.66% for Viper Energy Partners LP.
In Monday trading, EQT Corp shares are currently down about 1.2%, BP p.l.c. shares are up about 0.2%, and Viper Energy Partners LP shares are up about 3.6% on the day.
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