Monday's Ex-Dividends To Watch: VLCCF, CNK, RE, NLSN

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Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, 8 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 8.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Knightsbridge Tankers

Owners of Knightsbridge Tankers (NASDAQ: VLCCF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $8.16 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.6%.

The average volume for Knightsbridge Tankers has been 182,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Knightsbridge Tankers has a market cap of $199.0 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 55.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Cinemark Holdings

Owners of Cinemark Holdings (NYSE: CNK) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $31.01 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.3%.

The average volume for Cinemark Holdings has been 542,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cinemark Holdings has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Cinemark Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in motion picture exhibition business. The company operates in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.71.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cinemark Holdings 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 Cinemark Holdings Ratings Report now.

Everest Re Group

Owners of Everest Re Group (NYSE: RE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 48 cents per share. At a price of $139.66 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Everest Re Group has been 366,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Everest Re Group has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Everest Re Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, underwrites reinsurance and insurance products. It operates in four segments: U.S. Reinsurance, Insurance, International, and Bermuda. The U.S. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.17.

TheStreet Ratings rates Everest Re Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Everest Re Group Ratings Report now.

Nielsen Holdings

Owners of Nielsen Holdings (NYSE: NLSN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $33.98 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for Nielsen Holdings has been 3.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Nielsen Holdings has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Nielsen Holdings N.V., an information and measurement company, provides media and marketing information, analytics, and industry expertise about what consumers buy and watch on a global and local basis. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.94.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nielsen Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk. You can view the full Nielsen 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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