5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: BGS, HTA, STWD, PCG, DE

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 26, 2013, 78 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 14.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

B&G Foods

Owners of B&G Foods (NYSE: BGS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 29 cents per share. At a price of $30.27 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.8%.

The average volume for B&G Foods has been 347,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. B&G Foods has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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B&G Foods, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture, sale, and distribution of shelf-stable foods and household products in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.20. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate B&G Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates B&G Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full B&G Foods Ratings Report now.

Healthcare Trust of America

Owners of Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE: HTA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $11.55 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.9%.

The average volume for Healthcare Trust of America has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Healthcare Trust of America has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 16% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Healthcare Trust of America a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

You can view the full Healthcare Trust of America Ratings Report now.

Starwood Property

Owners of Starwood Property (NYSE: STWD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 44 cents per share. At a price of $28.30 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.2%.

The average volume for Starwood Property has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Starwood Property has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Starwood Property Trust, Inc. engages in originating, investing in, financing, and managing commercial mortgage loans, other commercial real estate debt investments, commercial mortgage-backed securities, and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.09. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Starwood Property a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starwood Property as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Starwood Property Ratings Report now.

PG&E

Owners of PG&E (NYSE: PCG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 46 cents per share. At a price of $43.89 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.1%.

The average volume for PG&E has been 2.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. PG&E has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a public utility company in northern and central California. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.85. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate PG&E a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PG&E as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk. You can view the full PG&E Ratings Report now.

Deere

Owners of Deere (NYSE: DE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 51 cents per share. At a price of $87.79 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%.

The average volume for Deere has been 2.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Deere has a market cap of $34.2 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Deere & Company manufactures and distributes agriculture and turf equipment, and construction and forestry equipment worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.00. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Deere a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deere as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth 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 Deere 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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