5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: SBR, MEOH, UGI, FNF, FDO

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Tomorrow, March 13, 2013, 88 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 15.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Sabine Royalty

Owners of Sabine Royalty (NYSE: SBR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $46.99 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.7%.

The average volume for Sabine Royalty has been 28,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sabine Royalty has a market cap of $669.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 18% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Sabine Royalty Trust holds royalty and mineral interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.79. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sabine Royalty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sabine Royalty as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full Sabine Royalty Ratings Report now.

Methanex Corporation

Owners of Methanex Corporation (NASDAQ: MEOH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 19 cents per share. At a price of $39.38 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Methanex Corporation has been 334,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Methanex Corporation has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 22.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Methanex Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, produces, markets, and sells methanol to petrochemical producers and distributors. The company also purchases and re-sells methanol produced by others. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Methanex Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Methanex Corporation as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Methanex Corporation Ratings Report now.

UGI Corporation

Owners of UGI Corporation (NYSE: UGI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 27 cents per share. At a price of $37.10 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.9%.

The average volume for UGI Corporation has been 673,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. UGI Corporation has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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UGI Corporation distributes, stores, transports, and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.47. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate UGI Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates UGI Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. 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 UGI Corporation Ratings Report now.

Fidelity National Financial

Owners of Fidelity National Financial (NYSE: FNF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $24.66 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.6%.

The average volume for Fidelity National Financial has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 4.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Fidelity National Financial, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.31. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Fidelity National Financial Ratings Report now.

Family Dollar Stores

Owners of Family Dollar Stores (NYSE: FDO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $58.37 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for Family Dollar Stores has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Family Dollar Stores has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self-service retail discount stores primarily for low- and middle-income consumers in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.37. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Family Dollar Stores a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Family Dollar Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Family Dollar Stores 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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