NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Newcastle Investment Corporation (NYSE: NCT) is tomorrow, March 22, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $6.70 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.1%. The average volume for Newcastle Investment has been 830,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Newcastle Investment has a market cap of $529 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 42.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Operates as a REIT investing in credit-sensitive real estate securities, including commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities and unsecured REIT debt, mostly rated BBB or BB, which it seeks to match with liabilities with respect to interest rates and maturities. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Newcastle Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally poor debt management. You can view the full Newcastle Investment Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.