5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: TI, BSAC, BRFS, ADT, LOW

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.

Monday, April 22, 2013, 10 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 12.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Telecom Italia SpA

Owners of Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $7.68 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.3%.

The average volume for Telecom Italia SpA has been 417,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Telecom Italia SpA has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Telecom Italia S.p.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides fixed-line and mobile telecommunications, Internet, and media services. It also operates in the sector of office products and services for information technology.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telecom Italia SpA as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Telecom Italia SpA Ratings Report now.

Banco Santander Chile

Owners of Banco Santander Chile (NYSE: BSAC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 67 cents per share. At a price of $26.85 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%.

The average volume for Banco Santander Chile has been 527,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Banco Santander Chile has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.71.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander Chile as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and premium valuation. You can view the full Banco Santander Chile Ratings Report now.

BRF

Owners of BRF (NYSE: BRFS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 3 cents per share. At a price of $23.89 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0%.

The average volume for BRF has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. BRF has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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BRF - Brasil Foods S.A., together with its subsidiaries, engages in raising, producing, and slaughtering poultry, pork, and beef in Brazil and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.69.

TheStreet Ratings rates BRF as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 BRF Ratings Report now.

ADT Corporation

Owners of ADT Corporation (NYSE: ADT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $43.97 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for ADT Corporation has been 2.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. ADT Corporation has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 25.54.

You can view the full ADT Corporation Ratings Report now.

Lowe's Companies

Owners of Lowe's Companies (NYSE: LOW) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $37.54 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Lowe's Companies has been 9.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Lowe's Companies has a market cap of $40.9 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Lowe's Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a home improvement retailer. It offers a range of products for maintenance, repair, remodeling, and home decorating. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.24.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lowe's Companies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity 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 Lowe's Companies 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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