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Healthsouth

Owners of Healthsouth (NYSE: HLS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $34.29 as of 4:01 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Healthsouth has been 387,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Healthsouth has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 63.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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HealthSouth Corporation owns and operates inpatient rehabilitation hospitals that provide specialized rehabilitative treatment on an inpatient and outpatient basis in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.71.

TheStreet Ratings rates Healthsouth as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Healthsouth Ratings Report now.

CubeSmart

Owners of CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $17.84 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%.

The average volume for CubeSmart has been 960,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. CubeSmart has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 22.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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CubeSmart is a self-administered and self-managed real estate company focused on the ownership, operation, acquisition and development of self-storage facilities in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates CubeSmart as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share 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 CubeSmart Ratings Report now.

Republic Services

Owners of Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $33.96 as of 4:01 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1%.

The average volume for Republic Services has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Republic Services has a market cap of $12.3 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and recycling and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.04.

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

State Street

Owners of State Street (NYSE: STT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $66.73 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.6%.

The average volume for State Street has been 2.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. State Street has a market cap of $29.7 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 41.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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State Street Corporation, a financial holding company, provides investment servicing and investment management services to institutional investors worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.51.

TheStreet Ratings rates State Street 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, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 State Street 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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