Discover Financial Services Stock To Go Ex-dividend Monday (DFS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is Monday, December 31, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $37.89 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for Discover Financial Services has been 4.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Discover Financial Services has a market cap of $19.35 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 59.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

Discover Financial Services, a bank holding company, offers direct banking and payment services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Direct Banking and Payment Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Discover Financial Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Discover Financial Services Ratings Report.

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