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Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel , on 2/21/19, Autoliv Inc (Symbol: ALV), L Brands, Inc (Symbol: LB), and MSCI Inc (Symbol: MSCI) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. Autoliv Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.62 on 3/7/19, L Brands, Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.30 on 3/8/19, and MSCI Inc will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.58 on 3/15/19. As a percentage of ALV's recent stock price of $79.29, this dividend works out to approximately 0.78%, so look for shares of Autoliv Inc to trade 0.78% lower - all else being equal - when ALV shares open for trading on 2/21/19. Similarly, investors should look for LB to open 1.11% lower in price and for MSCI to open 0.33% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for ALV, LB, and MSCI, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

Autoliv Inc (Symbol: ALV) :

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L Brands, Inc (Symbol: LB) :

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MSCI Inc (Symbol: MSCI) :

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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 recen t dividends from these companies are likely to continue. If they do continue, the current estimated yields on annualized basis would be 3.13% for Autoliv Inc, 4.44% for L Brands, Inc, and 1.33% for MSCI Inc.

In Tuesday trading, Autoliv Inc shares are currently up about 1.4%, L Brands, Inc shares are off about 1.2%, and MSCI Inc shares are down about 0.4% on the day.

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