Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: EVOL, OTEX, FINL - TheStreet

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 29 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 13.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Evolving Systems

Owners of

Evolving Systems

(NASDAQ:

EVOL

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $5.40 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.2%.

The average volume for Evolving Systems has been 63,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Evolving Systems has a market cap of $63.2 million and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 42.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Evolving Systems, Inc. provides software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline, and cable markets in the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Mexico, and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.36.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Evolving Systems

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Evolving Systems Ratings Report

now.

Open Text

Owners of

Open Text

(NASDAQ:

OTEX

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $47.32 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Open Text has been 320,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Open Text has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 18% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Open Text Corporation provides a suite of software products and services that assist organizations in finding, utilizing, and sharing business information from various devices. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.60.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Open Text

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full

Open Text Ratings Report

now.

Finish Line

Owners of

Finish Line

(NASDAQ:

FINL

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $16.42 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%.

The average volume for Finish Line has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Finish Line has a market cap of $715.3 million and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 32.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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The Finish Line, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of athletic shoes, apparel, and accessories in the United States. It operates Finish Line stores that offer athletic shoes, as well as apparel and accessories for men, women, and kids. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.27.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Finish Line

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Finish Line 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.