Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 6/17/15, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (Symbol: RPT), EastGroup Properties, Inc. (Symbol: EGP), and QTS Realty Trust Inc (Symbol: QTS) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.20 on 7/1/15, EastGroup Properties, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.57 on 6/30/15, and QTS Realty Trust Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.32 on 7/8/15. As a percentage of RPT's recent stock price of $16.61, this dividend works out to approximately 1.20%, so look for shares of Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust to trade 1.20% lower - all else being equal - when RPT shares open for trading on 6/17/15. Similarly, investors should look for EGP to open 1.01% lower in price and for QTS to open 0.85% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for RPT, EGP, and QTS, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust (Symbol: RPT) :
EastGroup Properties, Inc. (Symbol: EGP) :
QTS Realty Trust Inc (Symbol: QTS) :
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 4.82% for Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust , 4.02% for EastGroup Properties, Inc., and 3.40% for QTS Realty Trust Inc.
In Monday trading, Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust shares are currently down about 0.5%, EastGroup Properties, Inc. shares are down about 0.6%, and QTS Realty Trust Inc shares are down about 0.1% on the day.
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