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Analyzing Western Asset's Ex-Dividend Date

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Western Asset (NYSE:WIW) declared a dividend payable on May 28, 2021 to its shareholders as of February 17, 2021. It was also announced that shareholders of Western Asset's stock as of May 21, 2021 are entitled to the dividend. The stock is expected to become ex-dividend 1 business day(s) before the record date. Western Asset, whose current dividend payout is $0.03, has an ex-dividend date set at May 20, 2021. The payout equates to a dividend yield of 3.17% at current price levels.

Understanding Ex-Dividend Dates'

Ex-dividend dates signal when company shares cease to trade with their current dividend payouts. There is a small intermission period before companies announce new dividends. Usually, a company's ex-dividend date falls one business day before its record date. Investors should keep this in mind when purchasing stocks because buying them on or after ex-dividend dates does not qualify them to receive the declared payment. Newly declared dividends go to shareholders who have owned that stock before the ex-dividend date. Most ex-dividend dates operate on a quarterly basis.

Understanding Western Asset's Dividend History

Over the past year, Western Asset has seen its dividend payouts remain the same and its yields climb upward overall. Last year on January 21, 2021 the company's payout sat at $0.03, which has returned to its value today. Western Asset's dividend yield last year was 3.08%, which has since grown by 0.09%.
Companies use dividend yields in different strategic ways. Some companies may opt to not give yields altogether to reinvest in themselves. Other companies may opt to increase or decrease their yield amounts to control how their shares circulate throughout the stock market.

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