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Ex-Dividend Reminder: M.D.C. Holdings, Cheesecake Factory and Idacorp

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On 8/3/15, M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC), Cheesecake Factory Inc. (NASDAQ:CAKE), and Idacorp, Inc. (NYSE:IDA) will all trade ex-dividend for their respective upcoming dividends. M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.25 on 8/19/15, Cheesecake Factory Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.20 on 8/18/15, and Idacorp, Inc. will pay its quarterly dividend of $0.47 on 8/31/15.

As a percentage of MDC's recent stock price of $29.39, this dividend works out to approximately 0.85%, so look for shares of M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. to trade 0.85% lower — all else being equal — when MDC shares open for trading on 8/3/15. Similarly, investors should look for CAKE to open 0.35% lower in price and for IDA to open 0.77% lower, all else being equal.

Below are dividend history charts for MDC, CAKE, and IDA, showing historical dividends prior to the most recent ones declared.

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC):

Cheesecake Factory Inc. (NASDAQ:

Idacorp, Inc. (NYSE:IDA):

IDA Dividend History Chart

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...


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