NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

Compass Minerals International

(NYSE:

CMP

) is tomorrow, February 28, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $72.91 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.7%.

The average volume for Compass Minerals International has been 224,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Compass Minerals International has a market cap of $2.41 billion and is part of the

basic materials

sector and

metals & mining

industry. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

Compass Minerals International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and markets inorganic mineral products primarily in North America and the United Kingdom. The company operates in two segments, Salt and Specialty Fertilizer. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.4, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 14.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Compass Minerals International as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Compass Minerals International Ratings Report

.

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