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Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, 5 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.5% to 3.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

AptarGroup

Owners of

AptarGroup

(NYSE:

ATR

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $65.72 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for AptarGroup has been 280,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. AptarGroup has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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AptarGroup, Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of consumer product dispensing systems in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The company operates in three segments: Beauty + Home, Pharma, and Food + Beverage. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.80.

TheStreet Ratings rates

TheStreet Recommends

AptarGroup

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

AptarGroup Ratings Report

now.

Progressive Corporation

At a price of $24.86 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Progressive Corporation has been 3.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Progressive Corporation has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The Progressive Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides personal and commercial automobile insurance, and other specialty property-casualty insurance products and related services primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.81.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Progressive Corporation

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full

Progressive Corporation Ratings Report

now.

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Owners of

Marsh & McLennan Companies

(NYSE:

MMC

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $47.35 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Marsh & McLennan Companies has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Marsh & McLennan Companies has a market cap of $26.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., a professional services company, provides advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy, and human capital. It operates in two segments, Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.70.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Marsh & McLennan Companies

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. You can view the full

Marsh & McLennan Companies Ratings Report

now.

Clorox Company

Owners of

Clorox Company

(NYSE:

CLX

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 71 cents per share. At a price of $89.79 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for Clorox Company has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Clorox Company has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The Clorox Company manufactures and markets consumer and professional products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.71.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Clorox Company

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full

Clorox Company Ratings Report

now.

ADT Corporation

Owners of

ADT Corporation

(NYSE:

ADT

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $38.96 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for ADT Corporation has been 3.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. ADT Corporation has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The ADT Corporation provides electronic security, interactive home and business automation, and related monitoring services under the ADT, ADT Pulse, and Companion Service brands to residential and small business customers in the United States and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.04.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ADT Corporation

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive. You can view the full

ADT Corporation Ratings Report

now.

More About Dividends:

One benefit of owning a stock is the potential that you will be paid a dividend. The distribution of dividend payments is another way for a company to share its profit with you. A dividend means that the company pays you a certain amount of money, either as a one-time payment or more commonly on a quarterly basis, for each share of stock you own.

Many times, dividends come at the expense of greater price appreciation, because the company is distributing its profits to shareholders rather than reinvesting the profits back into the growth of the company. However, companies that pay dividends can be very attractive to investors when they offer a steady stream of income. There are some important terms and dates an investor should be familiar with before purchasing any dividend-paying companies. Let's work through an example to help better explain some of these terms:

On March 1, ABC Widget Company has decided that because it holds excess cash and lacks investment opportunities, it would like to reward shareholders with a regular quarterly dividend payment. The date for this particular announcement is known as the declaration date. It is on this date that the company announces the specific dividend payment along with the holder-of-record date (aka record date) and the payment date. The company announces that a dividend payment of 25 cents per share will be payable March 31, 2012 (the payment date) to all shareholders of record at the close of business on March 16, 2012 (holder-of-record date). What does this all mean? Well the short story is that the company looks at its records on March 16 and anyone listed on the books as an owner of ABC Widget company will be eligible for the dividend payment (on March 31).

The one other important term to remember is the ex-dividend date. The ex-dividend date (typically two trading days before the holder-of-record date for U.S. securities) is the day in which a company begins trading without the dividend. In order to have a claim on a dividend, shares must be purchased no later than the last business day before the ex-dividend date. A company trading ex-dividend will have the upcoming dividend subtracted from the share price at the start of the trading day. Many times, the price of a stock will increase in anticipation of the upcoming dividend as the ex-dividend date approaches, yet will fall back by the amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date.

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