SBY, WMC, CBL, RL, DELL

Silver Bay Realty

Owners of Silver Bay Realty (NYSE: SBY) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 1 cent per share. At a price of $16.66 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.2%.

The average volume for Silver Bay Realty has been 932,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Silver Bay Realty has a market cap of $650.1 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Western Asset Mortgage Capital

Owners of Western Asset Mortgage Capital (NYSE: WMC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 90 cents per share. At a price of $18.07 as of 4:01 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 20.5%.

The average volume for Western Asset Mortgage Capital has been 1.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Western Asset Mortgage Capital has a market cap of $426.5 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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CBL & Associates Properties

Owners of CBL & Associates Properties (NYSE: CBL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $21.08 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.4%.

The average volume for CBL & Associates Properties has been 1.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. CBL & Associates Properties has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. The company has a P/E ratio of 36.79.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBL & Associates Properties as a hold. 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 and compelling growth in net income. 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 CBL & Associates Properties Ratings Report now.

Ralph Lauren

Owners of Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $170.26 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for Ralph Lauren has been 588,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ralph Lauren has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Ralph Lauren Corporation engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of lifestyle products. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.14.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ralph Lauren as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 Ralph Lauren Ratings Report now.

Dell

Owners of Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $13.43 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for Dell has been 20.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Dell has a market cap of $23.4 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are up 31.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Dell Inc., an information technology company, provides a range of technology solutions worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.59.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dell as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. You can view the full Dell 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.

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