Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: ACRE, UMPQ, ARE, STJ, USB

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Tomorrow, Sept. 26, 2013, 90 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 20.9%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Ares Commercial Real Estate

Owners of Ares Commercial Real Estate (NYSE: ACRE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $12.65 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.9%.

The average volume for Ares Commercial Real Estate has been 372,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ares Commercial Real Estate has a market cap of $353.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, a specialty finance company, operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It originates, invests in, and manages middle-market commercial real estate (CRE) loans and other commercial real estate investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.90.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ares Commercial Real Estate as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Ares Commercial Real Estate Ratings Report now.

Umpqua Holdings Corporation

Owners of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $16.17 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for Umpqua Holdings Corporation has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Umpqua Holdings Corporation has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 36.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Umpqua Holdings Corporation operates as the holding company for Umpqua Bank and Umpqua Investments, Inc. that provide commercial, and retail banking and brokerage services to corporate, institutional, and individual customers in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.64.

TheStreet Ratings rates Umpqua Holdings Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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 Umpqua Holdings Corporation Ratings Report now.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Owners of Alexandria Real Estate Equities (NYSE: ARE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 68 cents per share. At a price of $65.45 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.1%.

The average volume for Alexandria Real Estate Equities has been 438,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Alexandria Real Estate Equities has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, operation, management, development, acquisition, and redevelopment of properties for the life sciences industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.44.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alexandria Real Estate Equities as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Alexandria Real Estate Equities Ratings Report now.

St Jude Medical

Owners of St Jude Medical (NYSE: STJ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $53.42 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for St Jude Medical has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. St Jude Medical has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 48.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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St. Jude Medical, Inc. develops, manufactures, and distributes cardiovascular and implantable neurostimulation medical devices worldwide. It operates in two divisions, Cardiovascular and Ablation Technologies, and Implantable Electronic Systems. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.17.

TheStreet Ratings rates St Jude Medical as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full St Jude Medical Ratings Report now.

U.S. Bancorp

Owners of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $36.64 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%.

The average volume for U.S. Bancorp has been 7.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $68.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 17% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. Its services include lending and depository services, cash management, capital market, and trust and investment management services. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.66.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. 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 U.S. Bancorp 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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