JLS, RCI, RYN, NYX, RRC

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.

Nuveen Mortgage Opportunity Term

Owners of Nuveen Mortgage Opportunity Term (NYSE: JLS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $25.49 as of 3:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.1%.

The average volume for Nuveen Mortgage Opportunity Term has been 60,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Mortgage Opportunity Term has a market cap of $427.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Rogers Communications

Owners of Rogers Communications (NYSE: RCI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 42 cents per share. At a price of $44.90 as of 4:06 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.8%.

The average volume for Rogers Communications has been 377,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Rogers Communications has a market cap of $18.1 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Rogers Communications Inc. operates as a communications and media company in Canada. The company's Wireless segment offers voice and high-speed data services, as well mobile devices and accessories. It markets its products and services under the Rogers, Fido, and chatr brands. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.32.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rogers Communications 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 good cash flow from operations. 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 Rogers Communications Ratings Report now.

Rayonier

Owners of Rayonier (NYSE: RYN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 44 cents per share. At a price of $54.40 as of 4:05 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for Rayonier has been 689,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Rayonier has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Rayonier, Inc. engages in the sale and development of real estate and timberland management, as well as in the production and sale of cellulose fibers in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.60.

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

NYSE Euronext

Owners of NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $41.04 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for NYSE Euronext has been 1.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. NYSE Euronext has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 29.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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NYSE Euronext, through its subsidiaries, operates securities exchanges. It operates various stock exchanges, including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NYSE Arca, Inc., and NYSE MKT LLC in the United States; and European based exchanges comprising Euronext N.V. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.52.

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

Range Resources Corporation

Owners of Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $76.29 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.2%.

The average volume for Range Resources Corporation has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Range Resources Corporation has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Range Resources Corporation operates as an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and oil company in the United States. It engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas and oil properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 1060.29.

TheStreet Ratings rates Range Resources Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Range Resources Corporation 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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