Ex-Dividend Alert: 4 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: MITT, SLCA, IGT, SWY

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Tomorrow, Sept. 17, 2013, 12 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.2% to 13.9%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

AG Mortgage Investment

Owners of AG Mortgage Investment (NYSE: MITT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 60 cents per share. At a price of $17.73 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.9%.

The average volume for AG Mortgage Investment has been 420,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. AG Mortgage Investment has a market cap of $490.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust, focuses on investing, acquiring, and managing a portfolio of residential mortgage assets, and other real estate-related securities and financial assets. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.95.

TheStreet Ratings rates AG Mortgage Investment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full AG Mortgage Investment Ratings Report now.

US Silica Holdings

Owners of US Silica Holdings (NYSE: SLCA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $25.09 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for US Silica Holdings has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. US Silica Holdings has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 51% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the mining, processing, and sale of commercial silica in the United States. It operates in two segments, Oil & Gas Proppants and Industrial & Specialty Products. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.19.

TheStreet Ratings rates US Silica Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. You can view the full US Silica Holdings Ratings Report now.

International Game Technology

Owners of International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $20.72 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for International Game Technology has been 3.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. International Game Technology has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 40.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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International Game Technology engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of casino games, gaming equipment, and systems technology for land-based and online social gaming, and wagering markets worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.99.

TheStreet Ratings rates International Game Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income 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 International Game Technology Ratings Report now.

Safeway

Owners of Safeway (NYSE: SWY) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $28.37 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for Safeway has been 4.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Safeway has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 55.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 10.90.

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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