NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Stage Stores (NYSE: SSI) is tomorrow, September 1, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $16.33 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for Stage Stores has been 486,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stage Stores has a market cap of $574.6 million and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer that offers branded and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and footwear for women, men, and children in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
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TheStreet Ratings rates Stage Stores as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Stage Stores Ratings Report.

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