5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: NTLS, MDU, RYN, WYN, NYX

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Tomorrow, March 12, 2013, 23 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 13.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

NTELOS Holdings

Owners of NTELOS Holdings (NASDAQ: NTLS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 42 cents per share. At a price of $12.86 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.4%.

The average volume for NTELOS Holdings has been 197,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. NTELOS Holdings has a market cap of $266.6 million and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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NTELOS Holdings Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides wireless communications services to consumers and businesses primarily in Virginia and West Virginia, as well as parts of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.56. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate NTELOS Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NTELOS Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, generally higher debt management risk and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full NTELOS Holdings Ratings Report now.

MDU Resources Group

Owners of MDU Resources Group (NYSE: MDU) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $24.74 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for MDU Resources Group has been 719,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. MDU Resources Group has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 16.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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MDU Resources Group, Inc. operates as a diversified natural resource company in the United States. The company generates, transmits, and distributes electricity, as well as distributes natural gas. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate MDU Resources Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MDU Resources Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full MDU Resources Group Ratings Report now.

Rayonier

Owners of Rayonier (NYSE: RYN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 44 cents per share. At a price of $57.96 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1%.

The average volume for Rayonier has been 709,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Rayonier has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.48. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Rayonier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

Owners of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 29 cents per share. At a price of $63.10 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Wyndham Worldwide Corporation has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides various hospitality services and products to individual consumers and business customers in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.46. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Wyndham Worldwide Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wyndham Worldwide Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. 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 Wyndham Worldwide Corporation Ratings Report now.

NYSE Euronext

Owners of NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $37.75 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for NYSE Euronext has been 5.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. NYSE Euronext has a market cap of $9.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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NYSE Euronext, through its subsidiaries, operates securities exchanges. It operates various stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE MKT LLC in the United States; and European based exchanges comprising Euronext N.V. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.33. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate NYSE Euronext a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NYSE Euronext as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance 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 NYSE Euronext 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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