Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 3/8/18, United Bankshares Inc (Symbol: UBSI), CME Group (Symbol: CME), and Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc (Symbol: GLPI) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. United Bankshares Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.34 on 4/2/18, CME Group will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.70 on 3/26/18, and Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.63 on 3/23/18. As a percentage of UBSI's recent stock price of $37.15, this dividend works out to approximately 0.92%, so look for shares of United Bankshares Inc to trade 0.92% lower - all else being equal - when UBSI shares open for trading on 3/8/18. Similarly, investors should look for CME to open 0.41% lower in price and for GLPI to open 1.90% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for UBSI, CME, and GLPI, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
United Bankshares Inc (Symbol: UBSI) :
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Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc (Symbol: GLPI) :
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 3.66% for United Bankshares Inc, 1.66% for CME Group, and 7.58% for Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc.
In Tuesday trading, United Bankshares Inc shares are currently off about 0.3%, CME Group shares are up about 0.2%, and Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc shares are down about 0.1% on the day.