Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 2/27/17, McKesson Corp (Symbol: MCK), Universal Health Services, Inc. (Symbol: UHS), and Nelnet Inc (Symbol: NNI) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. McKesson Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.28 on 4/3/17, Universal Health Services, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.10 on 3/15/17, and Nelnet Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.14 on 3/15/17. As a percentage of MCK's recent stock price of $149.21, this dividend works out to approximately 0.19%, so look for shares of McKesson Corp to trade 0.19% lower - all else being equal - when MCK shares open for trading on 2/27/17. Similarly, investors should look for UHS to open 0.08% lower in price and for NNI to open 0.28% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for MCK, UHS, and NNI, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
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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 0.75% for McKesson Corp, 0.32% for Universal Health Services, Inc., and 1.11% for Nelnet Inc.
In Thursday trading, McKesson Corp shares are currently up about 0.1%, Universal Health Services, Inc. shares are up about 0.4%, and Nelnet Inc shares are trading flat on the day.