Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: ELS, WTW, FLS, NUE

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Tomorrow, Sept. 25, 2013, 23 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 12.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Equity Lifestyle Properties

Owners of Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE: ELS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $35.27 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Equity Lifestyle Properties has been 418,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Equity Lifestyle Properties has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust (REIT). The firm engages in the ownership and operation of lifestyle oriented properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.20.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equity Lifestyle Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. You can view the full Equity Lifestyle Properties Ratings Report now.

Weight Watchers International

Owners of Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $37.82 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Weight Watchers International has been 586,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Weight Watchers International has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 28.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Weight Watchers International, Inc. provides weight management services in North America, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and internationally. It offers a range of products and services comprising nutritional, exercise, and behavioral tools and approaches. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.83.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weight Watchers International as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Weight Watchers International Ratings Report now.

Flowserve Corporation

Owners of Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $62.54 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for Flowserve Corporation has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Flowserve Corporation has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 28.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Flowserve Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, distribution, and service of industrial flow management equipment. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.15.

TheStreet Ratings rates Flowserve Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Flowserve Corporation Ratings Report now.

Nucor

Owners of Nucor (NYSE: NUE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 37 cents per share. At a price of $49.88 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.9%.

The average volume for Nucor has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Nucor has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 16.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Nucor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of steel and steel products in North America and internationally. It operates through three segments: Steel Mills, Steel Products, and Raw Materials. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.75.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nucor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full Nucor 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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