NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Stage Stores (NYSE: SSI) is tomorrow, March 2, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $15.60 as of 10 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%. The average volume for Stage Stores has been 291,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stage Stores has a market cap of $469.5 million and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 19.4, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 20.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Stage Stores as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. You can view the full Stage Stores Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.