4 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: SON, WAB, DEO, RDS.A

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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:

Sonoco Products Company

Owners of Sonoco Products Company (NYSE: SON) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 31 cents per share. At a price of $39.31 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for Sonoco Products Company has been 309,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sonoco Products Company has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 31.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Sonoco Products Company engages in the manufacture and sale of industrial and consumer packaging products in the United States, Europe, Canada, and other regions. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.68.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sonoco Products Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Sonoco Products Company Ratings Report now.

Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies

Owners of Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies (NYSE: WAB) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $58.91 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.3%.

The average volume for Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies has been 549,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 34.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation, doing business as Wabtec Corporation, provides technology-based products and services for the freight rail and passenger transit industries worldwide. It operates in two segments, Freight and Transit. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.92.

TheStreet Ratings rates Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Ratings Report now.

Diageo

At a price of $129.33 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for Diageo has been 528,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Diageo has a market cap of $82.1 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 27.97.

Royal Dutch Shell

Owners of Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS.A) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 77 cents per share. At a price of $64.55 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.7%.

The average volume for Royal Dutch Shell has been 2.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $203.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 6.6% 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 8.20.

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.

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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