4 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: HTA, GET, ZMH, SPLS

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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:

Healthcare Trust of America

Owners of Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE: HTA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $10.95 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.2%.

The average volume for Healthcare Trust of America has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Healthcare Trust of America has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 12% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Healthcare Trust of America is a fully integrated, self-administered and internally managed real estate investment trust, or REIT. The company acquires, owns and operates medical office buildings and other facilities that serve the healthcare industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 221.80.

TheStreet Ratings rates Healthcare Trust of America as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. You can view the full Healthcare Trust of America Ratings Report now.

Gaylord Entertainment

Owners of Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $35.29 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.6%.

The average volume for Gaylord Entertainment has been 723,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gaylord Entertainment has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 255.50.

Zimmer Holdings

Owners of Zimmer Holdings (NYSE: ZMH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $83.77 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1%.

The average volume for Zimmer Holdings has been 926,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Zimmer Holdings has a market cap of $14.1 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Zimmer Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of orthopedic reconstructive devices, spinal and trauma devices, biologics, dental implants, and related surgical products in the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.42.

TheStreet Ratings rates Zimmer Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Zimmer Holdings Ratings Report now.

Staples

Owners of Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $14.81 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for Staples has been 7.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Staples has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 29.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an office products company. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations.

TheStreet Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full Staples 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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