4 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: PSE, PLL, PAA, F

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Tomorrow, July 31, 2013, 17 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.8% to 8.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners

Owners of Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners (NYSE: PSE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 52 cents per share. At a price of $37.23 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.6%.

The average volume for Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners has been 384,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 62.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners L.P. owns, acquires, explores, and develops oil and gas properties in the United States. It produces oil, natural gas liquids, and gas in onshore Texas and eight counties in the southeast region of New Mexico. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.89.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Pioneer Southwest Energy Partners Ratings Report now.

Pall Corporation

Owners of Pall Corporation (NYSE: PLL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $70.18 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Pall Corporation has been 522,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pall Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Pall Corporation engages in manufacturing and marketing filtration, purification, and separation products and integrated systems solutions worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.31.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pall Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, 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 shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Pall Corporation Ratings Report now.

Plains All American Pipeline

Owners of Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE: PAA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 59 cents per share. At a price of $54.87 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for Plains All American Pipeline has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Plains All American Pipeline has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 20.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the transportation, storage, terminalling, and marketing of crude oil and refined products in the United States and Canada. The company operates in three segments: Transportation, Facilities, and Supply and Logistics. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.41.

TheStreet Ratings rates Plains All American Pipeline as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Plains All American Pipeline Ratings Report now.

Ford Motor

Owners of Ford Motor (NYSE: F) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $17.23 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for Ford Motor has been 42.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ford Motor has a market cap of $65.7 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 31.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Ford Motor Company engages in the development, manufacture, distribution, and service of vehicles, parts, and accessories worldwide. The company operates through two sectors, Automotive and Financial Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.58.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ford Motor 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 and increase in net income. 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 Ford Motor 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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