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Tomorrow, Nov. 21, 2013, 23 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 6.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

StanCorp Financial Group

At a price of $63.64 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for StanCorp Financial Group has been 232,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. StanCorp Financial Group has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 74.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial products and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Insurance Services and Asset Management. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.15.

TheStreet Ratings rates

StanCorp Financial Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full

StanCorp Financial Group Ratings Report

now.

Pan American Silver Corporation

Owners of

Pan American Silver Corporation

(NASDAQ:

PAAS

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $10.92 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.6%.

The average volume for Pan American Silver Corporation has been 2.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Pan American Silver Corporation has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 41.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Pan American Silver Corp. engages in the exploration, development, and operation of silver producing properties and assets. It produces and sells silver, gold, copper, lead, and zinc.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Pan American Silver Corporation

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Pan American Silver Corporation Ratings Report

now.

Equifax

Owners of

Equifax

(NYSE:

EFX

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $66.78 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for Equifax has been 673,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Equifax has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 23.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Equifax Inc. collects, organizes, and manages various financial, demographic, employment, and marketing information solutions for businesses and consumers. The company's U.S. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.73.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Equifax

TheStreet Recommends

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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Equifax Ratings Report

now.

Nielsen Holdings

Owners of

Nielsen Holdings

(NYSE:

NLSN

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $40.70 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for Nielsen Holdings has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 33% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.95.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Nielsen Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Nielsen Holdings Ratings Report

now.

Broadcom Corporation

Owners of

Broadcom Corporation

(NASDAQ:

BRCM

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $26.38 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.6%.

The average volume for Broadcom Corporation has been 9.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Broadcom Corporation has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are down 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Broadcom Corporation provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Its products offer voice, video, data, and multimedia connectivity in the home, office, and mobile environments. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.61.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Broadcom Corporation

as a

hold

. 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 and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Broadcom 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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