5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: BGCP, DBD, RDS.B, RDS.A, V

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, May 15, 2013, 39 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 14.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

BGC Partners

Owners of BGC Partners (NASDAQ: BGCP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $5.79 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.3%.

The average volume for BGC Partners has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. BGC Partners has a market cap of $769.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 67.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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BGC Partners, Inc. operates as a brokerage company, primarily servicing the wholesale financial and real estate markets. It operates through two segments, Financial Services and Real Estate Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.29.

TheStreet Ratings rates BGC Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. You can view the full BGC Partners Ratings Report now.

Diebold Incorporated

Owners of Diebold Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 29 cents per share. At a price of $31.02 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for Diebold Incorporated has been 804,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Diebold Incorporated has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Diebold, Incorporated provides integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services primarily to the financial, commercial, government, and retail markets worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 85.25.

TheStreet Ratings rates Diebold Incorporated as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full Diebold Incorporated Ratings Report now.

Royal Dutch Shell

Owners of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.B) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 90 cents per share. At a price of $71.61 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5%.

The average volume for Royal Dutch Shell has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $227.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.04.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell 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, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

Royal Dutch Shell

Owners of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 77 cents per share. At a price of $69.23 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.4%.

The average volume for Royal Dutch Shell has been 2.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $220.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.74.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell 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, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

Visa

Owners of Visa (NYSE: V) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 33 cents per share. At a price of $179.00 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.7%.

The average volume for Visa has been 3.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Visa has a market cap of $92.6 billion 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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Visa Inc., a payments technology company, engages in the operation of retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.38.

TheStreet Ratings rates Visa 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, expanding profit margins, 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 Visa 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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