4 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: VNR, VMI, INGR, AZN

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Tomorrow, March 27, 2013, 29 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.5% to 11.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Vanguard Natural Resources

Owners of Vanguard Natural Resources (NYSE: VNR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $28.67 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.5%.

The average volume for Vanguard Natural Resources has been 524,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Vanguard Natural Resources has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Vanguard Natural Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vanguard Natural Resources as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Vanguard Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

Valmont Industries

Owners of Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $162.97 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.5%.

The average volume for Valmont Industries has been 149,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Valmont Industries has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 19% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Valmont Industries, Inc. produces and sells fabricated metal products in the United States, Australia, China, France, and internationally. It operates in four segments: Engineered Infrastructure Products, Utility Support Structures, Coatings, and Irrigation. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.80. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Valmont Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valmont Industries 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, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Valmont Industries Ratings Report now.

Ingredion

Owners of Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 38 cents per share. At a price of $71.15 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for Ingredion has been 566,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ingredion has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Ingredion Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells starch and sweetener ingredients in North America, South America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.88. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Ingredion a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ingredion 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, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Ingredion Ratings Report now.

AstraZeneca

Owners of AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 48 cents per share. At a price of $49.51 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.7%.

The average volume for AstraZeneca has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. AstraZeneca has a market cap of $61.3 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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AstraZeneca PLC engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of prescription medicines for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology, and infectious diseases worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.73. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates AstraZeneca a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AstraZeneca as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full AstraZeneca 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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