3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: UDR, GPS, LEN

Monday, July 8, 2013, 11 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.5% to 5.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

UDR

Owners of UDR (NYSE: UDR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 24 cents per share. At a price of $25.94 as of 1:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for UDR has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. UDR has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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UDR, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It owns, operates, acquires, renovates, develops, redevelops, and manages multifamily apartment communities.

TheStreet Ratings rates UDR as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full UDR Ratings Report now.

Gap

Owners of Gap (NYSE: GPS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $42.89 as of 1:03 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Gap has been 3.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Gap has a market cap of $20.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 38.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The Gap, Inc. operates as an apparel retail company. It offers apparel, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. The company operates through two segments, Stores and Direct. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.65.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gap as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Gap Ratings Report now.

Lennar Corporation

Owners of Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $35.35 as of 1:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.5%.

The average volume for Lennar Corporation has been 5.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Lennar Corporation has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Lennar Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding, financial services, and real estate businesses in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.38.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lennar Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Lennar 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.

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