5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: UNS, MLM, UHS, NVE, HIG

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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:

UNS Energy

Owners of UNS Energy (NYSE: UNS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 44 cents per share. At a price of $46.67 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for UNS Energy has been 245,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. UNS Energy has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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UNS Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the electric generation and energy delivery business. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.84.

TheStreet Ratings rates UNS Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. 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 UNS Energy Ratings Report now.

Martin Marietta Materials

Owners of Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE: MLM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $95.74 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Martin Marietta Materials has been 334,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.87.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, 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 shows low profit margins. You can view the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

Universal Health Services

Owners of Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $69.14 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.3%.

The average volume for Universal Health Services has been 643,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Universal Health Services has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 43.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and radiation oncology centers. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.62.

TheStreet Ratings rates Universal Health Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share 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 Universal Health Services Ratings Report now.

NV Energy

Owners of NV Energy (NYSE: NVE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 19 cents per share. At a price of $23.74 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for NV Energy has been 3.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. NV Energy has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 30.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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NV Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in Nevada. The company generates electricity from its gas, oil, and coal generating units. It also delivers natural gas service. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.33.

TheStreet Ratings rates NV Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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 NV Energy Ratings Report now.

Hartford Financial Services Group

Owners of Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE: HIG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $29.46 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for Hartford Financial Services Group has been 4.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 32.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers primarily in the United States and Japan. The company has a P/E ratio of 277.73.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hartford Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. You can view the full Hartford Financial Services Group 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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