Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 3/8/18, PPL Corp (Symbol: PPL), Westar Energy Inc (Symbol: WR), and Avangrid Inc (Symbol: AGR) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. PPL Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.41 on 4/2/18, Westar Energy Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.40 on 4/2/18, and Avangrid Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.432 on 4/2/18. As a percentage of PPL's recent stock price of $28.38, this dividend works out to approximately 1.44%, so look for shares of PPL Corp to trade 1.44% lower - all else being equal - when PPL shares open for trading on 3/8/18. Similarly, investors should look for WR to open 0.80% lower in price and for AGR to open 0.89% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for PPL, WR, and AGR, 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 5.78% for PPL Corp, 3.21% for Westar Energy Inc, and 3.55% for Avangrid Inc.
In Tuesday trading, PPL Corp shares are currently up about 0.2%, Westar Energy Inc shares are down about 0.6%, and Avangrid Inc shares are off about 0.5% on the day.