Friday's Ex-Dividends To Watch: CL, VALE, APA

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Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, 3 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.9% to 2.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Friday:

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Owners of Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $59.21 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%.

The average volume for Colgate-Palmolive Company has been 2.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Colgate-Palmolive Company has a market cap of $55.5 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Colgate-Palmolive Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets consumer products worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Oral, Personal and Home Care; and Pet Nutrition. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.95.

TheStreet Ratings rates Colgate-Palmolive Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Colgate-Palmolive Company Ratings Report now.

Vale

Owners of Vale (NYSE: VALE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 37 cents per share. At a price of $15.47 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Vale has been 18.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Vale has a market cap of $84.5 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 22.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Vale S.A. engages in the research, production, and marketing of iron ore and pellets, nickel, fertilizers, copper, coal, manganese, ferroalloys, cobalt, platinum group metals, and precious metals in Brazil and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.11.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vale as a hold. 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Vale Ratings Report now.

Apache Corporation

Owners of Apache Corporation (NYSE: APA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $86.82 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for Apache Corporation has been 3.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Apache Corporation has a market cap of $33.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Apache Corporation, an independent energy company, explores for, develops, and produces natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.68.

TheStreet Ratings rates Apache Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Apache Corporation 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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