5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: HSNI, HBHC, AVY, VTR, SLB

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Monday, June 3, 2013, 18 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.5% to 7.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

HSN

Owners of HSN (NASDAQ: HSNI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $56.79 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for HSN has been 197,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. HSN has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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HSN, Inc., an interactive multi-channel retailer, provides retail experiences through various platforms, including television, online, mobile, catalogs, and retail and outlet stores. It markets and sells a range of third party and private label merchandise primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.89.

TheStreet Ratings rates HSN as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full HSN Ratings Report now.

Hancock Holding Company

Owners of Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ: HBHC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 24 cents per share. At a price of $28.73 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.4%.

The average volume for Hancock Holding Company has been 519,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hancock Holding Company has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Hancock Holding Company, a financial holding company, provides financial and banking services in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Texas. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.87.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hancock Holding Company 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. You can view the full Hancock Holding Company Ratings Report now.

Avery Dennison

Owners of Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 29 cents per share. At a price of $43.71 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.7%.

The average volume for Avery Dennison has been 815,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Avery Dennison has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 26% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Avery Dennison Corporation engages in the production and sale of pressure-sensitive materials worldwide. Its Pressure-sensitive Materials segment offers pressure-sensitive label and packaging materials, graphics and graphic films, reflective products, and tapes and performance polymers. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.41.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avery Dennison as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Avery Dennison Ratings Report now.

Ventas

Owners of Ventas (NYSE: VTR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 67 cents per share. At a price of $72.46 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for Ventas has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ventas has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Ventas, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, management, financing, and leasing of properties in the healthcare industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 56.69.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ventas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Ventas Ratings Report now.

Schlumberger

Owners of Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 31 cents per share. At a price of $74.07 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Schlumberger has been 6.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Schlumberger has a market cap of $99.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Schlumberger Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the supply of technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to oil and gas exploration and production industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.51.

TheStreet Ratings rates Schlumberger 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Schlumberger 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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