Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 12/28/18, National Research Corp (Symbol: NRC), Medtronic PLC (Symbol: MDT), and National Healthcare Corp. (Symbol: NHC) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. National Research Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.19 on 1/15/19, Medtronic PLC will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.50 on 1/18/19, and National Healthcare Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.50 on 3/1/19. As a percentage of NRC's recent stock price of $38.00, this dividend works out to approximately 0.50%, so look for shares of National Research Corp to trade 0.50% lower - all else being equal - when NRC shares open for trading on 12/28/18. Similarly, investors should look for MDT to open 0.58% lower in price and for NHC to open 0.66% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for NRC, MDT, and NHC, 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 2.00% for National Research Corp, 2.30% for Medtronic PLC, and 2.65% for National Healthcare Corp..
In Wednesday trading, National Research Corp shares are currently up about 2.4%, Medtronic PLC shares are up about 1.2%, and National Healthcare Corp. shares are up about 0.4% on the day.
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