5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: HGT, CXS, DEI, RHP, RL

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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:

Hugoton Royalty

Owners of Hugoton Royalty (NYSE: HGT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $8.79 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.5%.

The average volume for Hugoton Royalty has been 167,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hugoton Royalty has a market cap of $327.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Hugoton Royalty Trust operates as an express trust in the United States. The company holds an 80% net profits interests in certain natural gas producing working interest properties of XTO Energy Inc. XTO Energy Inc. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.10. Currently there are no analysts that rate Hugoton Royalty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hugoton Royalty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, 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 Hugoton Royalty Ratings Report now.

CreXus Investment

Owners of CreXus Investment (NYSE: CXS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $13.26 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.5%.

The average volume for CreXus Investment has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. CreXus Investment has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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CreXus Investment Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a commercial real estate company. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.60. Currently there are no analysts that rate CreXus Investment a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

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

Douglas Emmett

Owners of Douglas Emmett (NYSE: DEI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $25.02 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.9%.

The average volume for Douglas Emmett has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Douglas Emmett has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Douglas Emmett, Inc., a real estate investment trust, owns and operates office and multifamily properties in California and Hawaii. As of December 31, 2007, the company's office portfolio consisted of 48 properties and multifamily portfolio consisted of 9 properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 157.19. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Douglas Emmett a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Douglas Emmett as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Douglas Emmett Ratings Report now.

Ryman Hospitality Properties

Owners of Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $46.00 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for Ryman Hospitality Properties has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ryman Hospitality Properties has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. owns and operates hotels in the United States. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Ryman Hospitality Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ryman Hospitality Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Ryman Hospitality Properties Ratings Report now.

Ralph Lauren

Owners of Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $168.55 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for Ralph Lauren has been 913,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.38. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Ralph Lauren a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Ralph Lauren 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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