Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 9/15/17, General Electric Co (NYSE: GE), Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH), and Greif Inc (NYSE: GEF) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. General Electric Co will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.24 on 10/25/17, Amphenol Corp. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.19 on 10/11/17, and Greif Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.42 on 10/1/17.
As a percentage of GE’s recent stock price of $24.16, this dividend works out to approximately 0.99%, so look for shares of General Electric Co to trade 0.99% lower — all else being equal — when GE shares open for trading on 9/15/17. Similarly, investors should look for APH to open 0.23% lower in price and for GEF to open 0.73% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for GE, APH, and GEF, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
General Electric Co (NYSE: GE):
Amphenol Corp. (NYSE: APH):
Greif Inc (NYSE: GEF):
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 3.97% for General Electric Co, 0.93% for Amphenol Corp., and 2.91% for Greif Inc.
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In Wednesday trading, General Electric Co shares are currently up about 1%, Amphenol Corp. shares are off about 0.3%, and Greif Inc shares are down about 0.6% on the day.