Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 9/6/18, UnitedHealth Group Inc (Symbol: UNH), Amerisafe Inc (Symbol: AMSF), and Weingarten Realty Investors (Symbol: WRI) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. UnitedHealth Group Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.90 on 9/18/18, Amerisafe Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.22 on 9/21/18, and Weingarten Realty Investors will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.395 on 9/14/18. As a percentage of UNH's recent stock price of $267.58, this dividend works out to approximately 0.34%, so look for shares of UnitedHealth Group Inc to trade 0.34% lower - all else being equal - when UNH shares open for trading on 9/6/18. Similarly, investors should look for AMSF to open 0.35% lower in price and for WRI to open 1.28% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for UNH, AMSF, and WRI, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
UnitedHealth Group Inc (Symbol: UNH) :
Amerisafe Inc (Symbol: AMSF) :
Weingarten Realty Investors (Symbol: WRI) :
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 1.35% for UnitedHealth Group Inc, 1.38% for Amerisafe Inc, and 5.11% for Weingarten Realty Investors.
In Tuesday trading, UnitedHealth Group Inc shares are currently off about 0.3%, Amerisafe Inc shares are off about 0.3%, and Weingarten Realty Investors shares are down about 0.1% on the day.
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