5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: PCH, RGR, BDX, CME, WMB

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Tomorrow, March 6, 2013, 43 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 9.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Potlatch

Owners of Potlatch (NASDAQ: PCH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 31 cents per share. At a price of $44.97 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Potlatch has been 285,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Potlatch has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 14.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Potlatch Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and manages timberlands located in Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.13. Currently there are no analysts that rate Potlatch a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Potlatch as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Potlatch Ratings Report now.

Sturm Ruger & Company

Owners of Sturm Ruger & Company (NYSE: RGR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $58.15 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.9%.

The average volume for Sturm Ruger & Company has been 688,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sturm Ruger & Company has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 26.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of firearms in the United States. It offers single-shot, autoloading, bolt-action, and sporting rifles; shotguns; rim fire autoloading and center fire autoloading pistols; and single-action and double-action revolvers. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.58. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sturm Ruger & Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sturm Ruger & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full Sturm Ruger & Company Ratings Report now.

Becton Dickinson

Owners of Becton Dickinson (NYSE: BDX) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $89.10 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for Becton Dickinson has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Becton Dickinson has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 13.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Becton, Dickinson and Company, a medical technology company, develops, manufactures, and sells medical devices, instrument systems, and reagents worldwide. The company's BD Medical segment produces medical devices that are used in various healthcare settings. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.11. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Becton Dickinson a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Becton Dickinson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Becton Dickinson Ratings Report now.

CME Group

Owners of CME Group (NASDAQ: CME) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $61.35 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for CME Group has been 2.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. CME Group has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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CME Group Inc. operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX futures exchanges worldwide. The company provides a range of products across various asset classes, such as interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather, and real estate. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.19. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate CME Group a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CME Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full CME Group Ratings Report now.

Williams Companies

Owners of Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $33.51 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4%.

The average volume for Williams Companies has been 7.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Williams Companies has a market cap of $23.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The Williams Companies, Inc. operates as an energy infrastructure company in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.42. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Williams Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Williams Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. You can view the full Williams Companies 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.

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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