5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: WSR, ACTG, MWV, KBH, MOS

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Tomorrow, July 30, 2013, 29 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.6% to 12.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Whitestone REIT

Owners of Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $16.93 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.8%.

The average volume for Whitestone REIT has been 99,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whitestone REIT has a market cap of $286.6 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 20.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Whitestone REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Whitestone REIT Ratings Report now.

Acacia Research Coroporation

Owners of Acacia Research Coroporation (NASDAQ: ACTG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $23.12 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for Acacia Research Coroporation has been 696,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Acacia Research Coroporation has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, acquires, develops, licenses, and enforces patented technologies in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Acacia Research Coroporation 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, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Acacia Research Coroporation Ratings Report now.

MeadWestvaco Corporation

Owners of MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $36.17 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for MeadWestvaco Corporation has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. MeadWestvaco Corporation has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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MeadWestvaco Corporation provides packaging solutions to healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, home and garden, tobacco, and agricultural industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 37.40.

TheStreet Ratings rates MeadWestvaco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 MeadWestvaco Corporation Ratings Report now.

KB Home

Owners of KB Home (NYSE: KBH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 3 cents per share. At a price of $17.31 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.6%.

The average volume for KB Home has been 4.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. KB Home has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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KB Home operates as a homebuilding and financial services company in the United States. The company constructs and sells various homes, including attached and detached single-family residential homes, townhomes, and condominiums primarily for first-time, move-up, and active adult homebuyers.

TheStreet Ratings rates KB Home 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 also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. You can view the full KB Home Ratings Report now.

Mosaic

Owners of Mosaic (NYSE: MOS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $52.43 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Mosaic has been 3.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Mosaic has a market cap of $15.6 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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The Mosaic Company produces and markets concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the agriculture industry worldwide. It operates in two segments, Phosphates and Potash. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.30.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mosaic 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Mosaic 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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