Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, General Motors Company (GM), VF Corp (VFC) , and Carter’s, Inc. (CRI) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends on March 8, 2017
General Motors will pay its quarterly dividend of 38 cents per share on 3/24/17, VF Corp will pay its quarterly dividend of 42 cents per share on 3/20/17, and Carter’s will pay its quarterly dividend of 37 cents per share on 3/24/17.
As a percentage of GM’s recent stock price of $38.10, this dividend works out to approximately 1.00%, so look for shares of General Motors to trade 1.00% lower — all else being equal — when GM shares open for trading on 3/8/17.
Similarly, investors should look for VFC to open 0.80% lower in price and for CRI to open 0.43% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for GM, VFC, and CRI, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
General Motors Company :
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Carter’s, Inc. :
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 3.99% for General Motors, 3.18% for VF Corp, and 1.70% for Carter’s.