Ex-Dividends To Watch: 4 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: TCAP, GES, APH, APC

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Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 12 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.8% to 7.3%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Triangle Capital Corporation

Owners of Triangle Capital Corporation (NYSE: TCAP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 54 cents per share. At a price of $29.51 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.3%.

The average volume for Triangle Capital Corporation has been 177,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital Corporation has a market cap of $820.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.70.

TheStreet Ratings rates Triangle Capital Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Triangle Capital Corporation Ratings Report now.

Guess

Owners of Guess (NYSE: GES) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $31.09 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.6%.

The average volume for Guess has been 830,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Guess has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 26.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Guess , Inc. designs, markets, distributes, and licenses lifestyle collections of contemporary apparel and accessories for men, women, and children that reflect the American lifestyle and European fashion sensibilities. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.43.

TheStreet Ratings rates Guess 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, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Guess Ratings Report now.

Amphenol

Owners of Amphenol (NYSE: APH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $75.81 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1%.

The average volume for Amphenol has been 676,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Amphenol has a market cap of $12.2 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 16.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Amphenol Corporation provides electrical, electronic, and fiber optic connectors; interconnect systems; and coaxial and specialty cables worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.92.

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

Anadarko Petroleum

Owners of Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $93.24 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.8%.

The average volume for Anadarko Petroleum has been 2.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Anadarko Petroleum has a market cap of $46.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation engages in the exploration, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.27.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anadarko Petroleum as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. 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 Anadarko Petroleum 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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