Ex-Dividend Alert: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: JMT, POL, URS, GNC, MSI

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Tomorrow, Sept. 11, 2013, 56 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 24.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Nuveen Mortgage Opportunity Term Fund 2

Owners of Nuveen Mortgage Opportunity Term Fund 2 (NYSE: JMT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 58 cents per share. At a price of $23.68 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8%.

The average volume for Nuveen Mortgage Opportunity Term Fund 2 has been 21,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Mortgage Opportunity Term Fund 2 has a market cap of $116.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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PolyOne Corporation

Owners of PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $28.27 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for PolyOne Corporation has been 463,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. PolyOne Corporation has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 36% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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PolyOne Corporation provides specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions with operations in specialty polymer formulations, color and additive systems, polymer distribution, and specialty vinyl resins. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.24.

TheStreet Ratings rates PolyOne Corporation 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, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full PolyOne Corporation Ratings Report now.

URS Corporation

Owners of URS Corporation (NYSE: URS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $50.70 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for URS Corporation has been 635,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. URS Corporation has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 26.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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URS Corporation provides engineering, construction, and technical services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.72.

TheStreet Ratings rates URS Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full URS Corporation Ratings Report now.

GNC Holdings

Owners of GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $53.66 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for GNC Holdings has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. GNC Holdings has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 58.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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GNC Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of health and wellness products. It operates through three segments: Retail, Franchise, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.81.

TheStreet Ratings rates GNC Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. You can view the full GNC Holdings Ratings Report now.

Motorola Solutions

Owners of Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 31 cents per share. At a price of $57.85 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for Motorola Solutions has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Motorola Solutions has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Motorola Solutions, Inc. provides mission critical communication infrastructure, devices, software, and services worldwide. It operates in two segments, Government and Enterprise. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.23.

TheStreet Ratings rates Motorola Solutions as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Motorola Solutions 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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