5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: TAL, AJG, NVE, SAP, SU

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Tomorrow, May 31, 2013, 15 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.8% to 20.3%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

TAL International Group

Owners of TAL International Group (NYSE: TAL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 66 cents per share. At a price of $44.39 as of 10:16 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6%.

The average volume for TAL International Group has been 409,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. TAL International Group has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TAL International Group, Inc. engages in leasing intermodal containers and chassis worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Equipment Leasing and Equipment Trading. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.02.

TheStreet Ratings rates TAL International Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share 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 TAL International Group Ratings Report now.

Arthur J. Gallagher

Owners of Arthur J. Gallagher (NYSE: AJG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $44.79 as of 10:15 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1%.

The average volume for Arthur J. Gallagher has been 663,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Arthur J. Gallagher has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and its subsidiaries provide insurance brokerage and risk management services to various commercial, industrial, institutional, and governmental organizations. It operates in two segments, Brokerage and Risk Management. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.83.

TheStreet Ratings rates Arthur J. Gallagher as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Arthur J. Gallagher Ratings Report now.

NV Energy

Owners of NV Energy (NYSE: NVE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 19 cents per share. At a price of $23.62 as of 10:15 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.8%.

The average volume for NV Energy has been 2.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. NV Energy has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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NV Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in Nevada. The company generates electricity from its gas, oil, and coal generating units. It also delivers natural gas service. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.21.

TheStreet Ratings rates NV Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 NV Energy Ratings Report now.

Sap

Owners of Sap (NYSE: SAP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 80 cents per share. At a price of $76.62 as of 10:15 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1%.

The average volume for Sap has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Sap has a market cap of $91.8 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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SAP AG provides enterprise application software and software-related services worldwide. It offers products in applications, analytics, cloud, mobile, and database and technology categories. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.54.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income 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 Sap Ratings Report now.

Suncor Energy

Owners of Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $31.26 as of 10:16 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%.

The average volume for Suncor Energy has been 4.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $47.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.08.

TheStreet Ratings rates Suncor Energy as a hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. 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 Suncor Energy 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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