Ex-dividend dates are very important for dividend investors, as you must own a stock prior to its ex-dividend date in order to be entitled to its dividend.
Next week, the week between Christmas and New Years, is a very busy week for most people, but typically not a busy week for the markets. However, there are still several big-name stocks that will be going ex-dividend. For investors seeking some year-end ex-dividend dates, here are ten stocks going ex-dividend during the week of December 27-30.
The Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) is going ex-dividend on Friday, December 30. The apparel retailer currently offers a dividend yield of approximately 3.9% (compared to the industry average of 2.8%) and pays a quarterly dividend of $0.23. The stock will make its next dividend payout on January 25. Although the stock has been maintaining an attractive yield, it has not increased its dividend since the beginning of 2015. GPS ranks 11 on our Top 100 Dividend Stocks list.
Cardinal Health Inc (NYSE: CAH) will go ex-dividend on Thursday, December 29. The healthcare services company offers a dividend yield of about 2.5% (compared to the industry average of 1.6%). It currently pays a quarterly dividend of $0.4489 and will pay its next dividend on January 15. In May, Cardinal Health raised its dividend by 16%. It has been increasing its dividend every year since 2005. CAH ranks 17 on our Top 100 Dividend Stocks list.
Chubb Corp (NYSE: CB) will go ex-dividend on Wednesday, December 28. The insurance company offers a dividend yield of about 2%, which is a decent yield for investors, but below the industry average of 2.9%. The stock will pay its next $0.69 dividend on January 20. The company has a long history of paying and consecutively increasing its dividend, as it has been boosting its dividend every year for over 50 years. CB ranks 29 on our Top 100 Dividend Stocks list.
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is going ex-dividend on Wednesday, December 28. The farm machinery company currently has a dividend yield of 2.3%, above the industry average of 1%. The stock will pay
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