Ex-Dividends To Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: NRT, JNY, BLC, RDS.B, CF

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Tomorrow, Aug. 14, 2013, 48 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 18.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

North European Oil Royalty

Owners of North European Oil Royalty (NYSE: NRT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 49 cents per share. At a price of $26.06 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.6%.

The average volume for North European Oil Royalty has been 20,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. North European Oil Royalty has a market cap of $238.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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North European Oil Royalty Trust, a grantor trust, holds overriding royalty rights covering gas and oil production in concessions or leases in the Federal Republic of Germany. It holds these rights under contracts with German exploration and development subsidiaries of ExxonMobil Corp. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.04.

TheStreet Ratings rates North European Oil Royalty 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full North European Oil Royalty Ratings Report now.

Jones Group

Owners of Jones Group (NYSE: JNY) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $16.75 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.2%.

The average volume for Jones Group has been 926,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Jones Group has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 52.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The Jones Group Inc. engages in the design, marketing, and wholesale of apparel, footwear, jeanswear, jewelry, and handbags.

TheStreet Ratings rates Jones Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Jones Group Ratings Report now.

Belo Corporation

Owners of Belo Corporation (NYSE: BLC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $14.35 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%.

The average volume for Belo Corporation has been 2.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Belo Corporation has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 87.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Belo Corp. operates as a television company in the United States. The company owns 20 television stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, and MyNetwork TV affiliates, as well as their associated Web sites in 15 markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.13.

TheStreet Ratings rates Belo Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Belo Corporation Ratings Report now.

Royal Dutch Shell

Owners of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.B) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 90 cents per share. At a price of $67.62 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.3%.

The average volume for Royal Dutch Shell has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $213.0 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.57.

TheStreet Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Royal Dutch Shell Ratings Report now.

CF Industries Holdings

Owners of CF Industries Holdings (NYSE: CF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $190.35 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.8%.

The average volume for CF Industries Holdings has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. CF Industries Holdings has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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CF Industries Holdings, Inc. manufactures and distributes nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Nitrogen and Phosphate. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.59.

TheStreet Ratings rates CF Industries Holdings 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels 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 CF Industries Holdings 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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