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3 Days Left Until CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA) Trades Ex-Dividend

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On the 30 May 2019, CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE:CNA) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$0.35 per share. However, investors must have bought the company's stock before 10 May 2019 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 3 days left! Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about CNA Financial as an investment today? Below, I'm going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

Check out our latest analysis for CNA Financial

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:CNA Historical Dividend Yield, May 6th 2019

How well does CNA Financial fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 42%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 73% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 6.8%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $4.26. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it's dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view CNA Financial as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, CNA Financial generates a yield of 7.4%, which is high for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, CNA Financial is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I've compiled three fundamental factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CNA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CNA’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is CNA worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it's not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether CNA is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

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