VFL, UMH, BHK, JQC, IACI

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Delaware Investments Natl Muni Income

Owners of Delaware Investments Natl Muni Income (AMEX: VFL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $11.61 as of 3:46 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.1%.

The average volume for Delaware Investments Natl Muni Income has been 19,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Shares are down 16.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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UMH Properties

Owners of UMH Properties (NYSE: UMH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $9.93 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.2%.

The average volume for UMH Properties has been 64,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. UMH Properties has a market cap of $188.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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UMH Properties, Inc. (UMH) is a real estate investment trust. The firm engages in the ownership and operation of manufactured home communities. It leases manufactured home spaces to private manufactured home owners, as well as leases homes to residents. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.64.

TheStreet Ratings rates UMH Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and unimpressive growth in net income. You can view the full UMH Properties Ratings Report now.

BlackRock Core Bond

Owners of BlackRock Core Bond (NYSE: BHK) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $12.83 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7%.

The average volume for BlackRock Core Bond has been 102,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Core Bond has a market cap of $347.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 13.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Nuveen Credit Strategies Income Fund

Owners of Nuveen Credit Strategies Income Fund (NYSE: JQC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $9.41 as of 4:01 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.4%.

The average volume for Nuveen Credit Strategies Income Fund has been 400,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Credit Strategies Income Fund has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 8.43.

IAC/InterActiveCorp

Owners of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 24 cents per share. At a price of $56.76 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for IAC/InterActiveCorp has been 1.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. IAC/InterActiveCorp has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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IAC/InterActiveCorp operates as a media and Internet company in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.29.

TheStreet Ratings rates IAC/InterActiveCorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full IAC/InterActiveCorp 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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