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Followers of the dividend capture strategy know that I always ramp up my activity in the second month of the quarter. The first month is usually a lull, as we wait for companies to report earnings. Company boards of directors generally approve dividend declarations along with all the other approvals associated with earnings. Dividends get declared in the first month, go ex-div in the second month and get paid in the third month. Of course, we care about when they go ex-, as that is the day you need to own the stock in order to receive the dividend.
So put on your seat belts, your dividend trading should be picking up from now through early to mid-June. I will point out that a lot of the activity is in some of the classic dividend sectors, such as utilities and financials. I rarely play utilities, because they are owned for the dividend and trade relatively efficiently, meaning they are hard to get out of once they go ex-. Conversely, sectors in which the stocks are owned for other reasons are the best in which to operate. Technology comes to mind.
Below is a table with some of the output of my dividend screen. This is the master list of upcoming dividends. The initial screen is simply for dividend size, sector, and there are some hidden filters such as the volatility of the daily stock price. You want volatility, as that is what will carry you out once you have accrued your dividend.
Keep in mind the usual caveat: This is a starting point. If a name catches your fancy, be sure to take a look at the fundamentals, make sure you won't be owning it during an event that could cause a loss -- for instance, you do not want to own it over an earnings report -- and look at the chart and other technicals.