Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 12/31/18, Liberty Property Trust (Symbol: LPT), CoreCivic Inc (Symbol: CXW), and Ventas Inc (Symbol: VTR) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Liberty Property Trust will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.40 on 1/15/19, CoreCivic Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.43 on 1/15/19, and Ventas Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.7925 on 1/14/19. As a percentage of LPT's recent stock price of $41.32, this dividend works out to approximately 0.97%, so look for shares of Liberty Property Trust to trade 0.97% lower - all else being equal - when LPT shares open for trading on 12/31/18. Similarly, investors should look for CXW to open 2.42% lower in price and for VTR to open 1.35% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for LPT, CXW, and VTR, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
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Ventas Inc (Symbol: VTR) :
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 3.87% for Liberty Property Trust, 9.66% for CoreCivic Inc, and 5.39% for Ventas Inc.
In Thursday trading, Liberty Property Trust shares are currently down about 1.2%, CoreCivic Inc shares are off about 1.9%, and Ventas Inc shares are down about 1.2% on the day.