Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 12/24/13, DENTSPLY International, Inc. (NASD: XRAY), Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH), and Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc (NYSE: RHP) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. DENTSPLY International, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.0625 on 1/10/14, Zimmer Holdings, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.20 on 1/31/14, and Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.50 on 1/15/14.
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As a percentage of XRAY’s recent stock price of $48.23, this dividend works out to approximately 0.13%, so look for shares of DENTSPLY International, Inc. to trade 0.13% lower — all else being equal — when XRAY shares open for trading on 12/24/13. Similarly, investors should look for ZMH to open 0.22% lower in price and for RHP to open 1.20% lower, all else being equal.
Below are dividend history charts for XRAY, ZMH, and RHP, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.
DENTSPLY International, Inc. (NASD: XRAY):
Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZMH):
Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc (NYSE: RHP):
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 0.52% for DENTSPLY International, Inc., 0.86% for Zimmer Holdings, Inc., and 4.79% for Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc.
In Friday trading, DENTSPLY International, Inc. shares are currently down about 0.2%, Zimmer Holdings, Inc. shares are trading flat, and Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc shares are up about 0.1% on the day.
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