5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: WRE, XCO, DPZ, ECA, MO

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, June 12, 2013, 82 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 18.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Washington REIT

Owners of Washington REIT (NYSE: WRE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $26.77 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.4%.

The average volume for Washington REIT has been 418,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Washington REIT has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Washington Real Estate Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust (REIT). The company engages in the ownership, operation, and development of real properties. The firm invests in real estate markets of the greater Washington D.C. metro region. The company has a P/E ratio of 114.04.

TheStreet Ratings rates Washington REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. You can view the full Washington REIT Ratings Report now.

EXCO Resources

Owners of EXCO Resources (NYSE: XCO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $8.00 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for EXCO Resources has been 3.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. EXCO Resources has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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EXCO Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development and production of onshore U.S. oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays.

TheStreet Ratings rates EXCO Resources as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally high debt management risk. You can view the full EXCO Resources Ratings Report now.

Domino's Pizza

Owners of Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $59.53 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for Domino's Pizza has been 784,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Domino's Pizza has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 39% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Domino's Pizza, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a pizza delivery company in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Domestic Stores, Domestic Supply Chain, and International. It sells and delivers pizzas under the Domino's Pizza brand name. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.78.

TheStreet Ratings rates Domino's Pizza as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Domino's Pizza Ratings Report now.

Encana

Owners of Encana (NYSE: ECA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $18.35 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for Encana has been 4.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Encana has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Encana Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the exploration for, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids in Canada and the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Encana as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Encana Ratings Report now.

Altria Group

Owners of Altria Group (NYSE: MO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 44 cents per share. At a price of $36.11 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.9%.

The average volume for Altria Group has been 9.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Altria Group has a market cap of $72.6 billion and is part of the tobacco industry. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Altria Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.74.

TheStreet Ratings rates Altria Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth 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 Altria Group 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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