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Wall of FTSE 100 companies set to reward shareholders with dividend payments in coming months

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 23/03/2019 Jeff Prestridge for The Mail on Sunday
A London office worker keeps an eye on the FTSE 100 Index today.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty A London office worker keeps an eye on the FTSE 100 Index today. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

A wall of companies is preparing to reward shareholders for their support with attractive dividend payments in the next couple of months.

For income seekers quick off the mark, there is still time to benefit from these dividends. The key is to purchase the shares before they go 'ex-dividend'.

Buy before this date and the forthcoming dividend can be captured, providing an almost instantaneous income boost. Purchase afterwards and investors will have to wait for the next payment to get on board the 'dividend gravy train'.

The key is to purchase the shares before they go ‘ex-dividend’ © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The key is to purchase the shares before they go ‘ex-dividend’

This Thursday is the ex-dividend date for a number of FTSE 100 companies including British Land, Schroders and Prudential. 

They have already announced dividends per share of 7.75p, 79p and 33.68p – due on May 3, May 9 and May 17 respectively – income that can be captured if shares are bought ahead of Thursday.

A week later (April 4), shares in packaging business DS Smith, Lloyds Banking Group, Pearson, Taylor Wimpey, Direct Line and St James's Place will all go 'ex-dividend'. 

Respective dividends per share are 5.2p, 2.14p, 13p, 3.8p, 22.3p and 29.73p.

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