STAG, EPR, DOX, TWO, HUM

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Stag Industrial

Owners of Stag Industrial (NYSE: STAG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $19.57 as of 4:03 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6%.

The average volume for Stag Industrial has been 323,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stag Industrial has a market cap of $844.5 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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STAG Industrial, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of United States. It is engaged in investment and management of real estate assets. STAG Industrial, Inc. was founded on July 21, 2010 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stag Industrial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. You can view the full Stag Industrial Ratings Report now.

EPR Properties

Owners of EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $47.59 as of 4:03 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.5%.

The average volume for EPR Properties has been 333,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. EPR Properties has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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EPR Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), develops, owns, leases, and finances entertainment and related properties in the United States and Canada. Its properties include megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, and destination recreational and specialty properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.60.

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

Amdocs

Owners of Amdocs (NYSE: DOX) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $36.16 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Amdocs has been 672,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Amdocs has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Amdocs Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides software and services for communications, media, and entertainment industry service providers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.62.

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

Two Harbors Investment

Owners of Two Harbors Investment (NYSE: TWO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 31 cents per share. At a price of $10.35 as of 4:01 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.7%.

The average volume for Two Harbors Investment has been 7.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Two Harbors Investment has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Two Harbors Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on investing in, financing, and managing residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), residential mortgage loans, and other financial assets. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.73.

TheStreet Ratings rates Two Harbors Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. You can view the full Two Harbors Investment Ratings Report now.

Humana

Owners of Humana (NYSE: HUM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 27 cents per share. At a price of $84.60 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for Humana has been 2.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Humana has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 23.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Humana Inc., a health care company, offers insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. The company operates in three segments: Retail, Employer Group, and Health and Well-Being Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.37.

TheStreet Ratings rates Humana as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Humana 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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