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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.

Great Northern Iron Ore

At a price of $70.43 as of 3:57 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.7%.

The average volume for Great Northern Iron Ore has been 15,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Great Northern Iron Ore has a market cap of $109.4 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 7.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Great Northern Iron Ore Properties, a conventional nonvoting trust, owns and leases mineral and non-mineral properties on the Mesabi Iron Range in northeastern Minnesota. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.15.

TheStreet Ratings rates Great Northern Iron Ore as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full Great Northern Iron Ore Ratings Report now.

Caplease

Owners of Caplease (NYSE: LSE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $8.59 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.6%.

The average volume for Caplease has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Caplease has a market cap of $760.5 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 53.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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CapLease, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT), focused on financing and investing in commercial real estate that is net leased primarily to single tenants with investment grade or near investment grade credit ratings. The company has a P/E ratio of 214.00.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caplease as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. You can view the full Caplease Ratings Report now.

Lennox International

Owners of Lennox International (NYSE: LII) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 24 cents per share. At a price of $62.33 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.6%.

The average volume for Lennox International has been 374,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Lennox International has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Lennox International Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets climate control products for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.07.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennox International 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, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Lennox International Ratings Report now.

Axis Capital Holdings

Owners of Axis Capital Holdings (NYSE: AXS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $45.04 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for Axis Capital Holdings has been 949,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Axis Capital Holdings has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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AXIS Capital Holdings Limited provides specialty lines insurance and treaty reinsurance products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Insurance and Reinsurance. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.03.

TheStreet Ratings rates Axis Capital Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. 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 Axis Capital Holdings Ratings Report now.

Boston Properties

Owners of Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 65 cents per share. At a price of $103.00 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.6%.

The average volume for Boston Properties has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Boston Properties has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Boston Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and development of office properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.52.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full Boston Properties 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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