Ex-Dividend Reminder: General Mills, Darden Restaurants and WGL Holdings

Apr 4 2014, 9:46am CDT | by

Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 4/8/14, General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS), Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI), and WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. General Mills, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.41 on 5/1/14, Darden Restaurants, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.55 on 5/5/14, and WGL Holdings, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.44 on 5/1/14.

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As a percentage of GIS’s recent stock price of $51.82, this dividend works out to approximately 0.79%, so look for shares of General Mills, Inc. to trade 0.79% lower — all else being equal — when GIS shares open for trading on 4/8/14. Similarly, investors should look for DRI to open 1.05% lower in price and for WGL to open 1.10% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for GIS, DRI, and WGL, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS):

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI):

WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL):

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 3.16% for General Mills, Inc., 4.20% for Darden Restaurants, Inc., and 4.39% for WGL Holdings, Inc..


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In Friday trading, General Mills, Inc. shares are currently off about 0.8%, Darden Restaurants, Inc. shares are up about 0.7%, and WGL Holdings, Inc. shares are up about 0.7% on the day.

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