Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 12/20/17, Philip Morris International Inc (Symbol: PM), Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (Symbol: RCL), and Altria Group Inc (Symbol: MO) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Philip Morris International Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $1.07 on 1/11/18, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.60 on 1/5/18, and Altria Group Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.66 on 1/10/18. As a percentage of PM's recent stock price of $109.95, this dividend works out to approximately 0.97%, so look for shares of Philip Morris International Inc to trade 0.97% lower - all else being equal - when PM shares open for trading on 12/20/17. Similarly, investors should look for RCL to open 0.47% lower in price and for MO to open 0.91% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for PM, RCL, and MO, 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 3.89% for Philip Morris International Inc, 1.89% for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, and 3.65% for Altria Group Inc.
In Monday trading, Philip Morris International Inc shares are currently up about 0.2%, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd shares are up about 1.6%, and Altria Group Inc shares are up about 0.9% on the day.