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Tomorrow, Aug. 29, 2013, 34 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 8.9%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Platinum Underwriters Holdings

Owners of Platinum Underwriters Holdings (NYSE: PTP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $57.67 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.5%.

The average volume for Platinum Underwriters Holdings has been 211,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Platinum Underwriters Holdings has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides property and marine, casualty, and finite risk reinsurance coverage products worldwide. It operates in three segments: Property and Marine, Casualty, and Finite Risk. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.63.

TheStreet Ratings rates Platinum Underwriters Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ratings Report now.

Carter's

Owners of Carter's (NYSE: CRI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $70.20 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for Carter's has been 531,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Carter's has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 26.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Carter's, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, sources, and markets branded children's wear. The company provides its products under the Carter's, Child of Mine, Just One You, Precious Firsts, OshKosh, and other brands. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.35.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carter's 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Carter's Ratings Report now.

Agnico Eagle Mines

Owners of Agnico Eagle Mines (NYSE: AEM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $31.62 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.7%.

The average volume for Agnico Eagle Mines has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Agnico Eagle Mines has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 40.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration, development, and production of mineral properties in Canada, Finland, and Mexico. It primarily explores for gold, as well as silver, copper, zinc, and lead. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.89.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agnico Eagle Mines as a hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. You can view the full Agnico Eagle Mines Ratings Report now.

M&T Bank

Owners of M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 70 cents per share. At a price of $114.04 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for M&T Bank has been 769,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. M&T Bank has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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M&T Bank Corporation operates as the holding company for M&T Bank that provide commercial and retail banking services to individuals, corporations, and other businesses and institutions. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.36.

TheStreet Ratings rates M&T Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full M&T Bank Ratings Report now.

Lockheed Martin Corporation

At a price of $123.30 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for Lockheed Martin Corporation has been 1.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Lockheed Martin Corporation has a market cap of $40.2 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Lockheed Martin Corporation, a security and aerospace company, engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems and products for defense, civil, and commercial applications in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.03.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lockheed Martin 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, notable return on equity and increase 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 Lockheed Martin Corporation 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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