5 With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: GGM, MVT, MYD, MMS, WHR

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Tomorrow, Nov. 13, 2013, 210 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 19.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Guggenheim Credit Allocation Fund

Owners of Guggenheim Credit Allocation Fund (NYSE: GGM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $22.45 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.7%.

The average volume for Guggenheim Credit Allocation Fund has been 18,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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BlackRock MuniVest Fund II

Owners of BlackRock MuniVest Fund II (NYSE: MVT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $14.50 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.6%.

The average volume for BlackRock MuniVest Fund II has been 54,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock MuniVest Fund II has a market cap of $302.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 12.46.

BlackRock MuniYield

Owners of BlackRock MuniYield (NYSE: MYD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $13.53 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.4%.

The average volume for BlackRock MuniYield has been 129,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock MuniYield has a market cap of $613.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 12.13.

Maximus

Owners of Maximus (NYSE: MMS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $47.15 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.4%.

The average volume for Maximus has been 367,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Maximus has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 48.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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MAXIMUS, Inc. provides business process services to government health and human services agencies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.93.

TheStreet Ratings rates Maximus as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Maximus Ratings Report now.

Whirlpool Corporation

Owners of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 63 cents per share. At a price of $142.77 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Whirlpool Corporation has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Whirlpool Corporation has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 42.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Whirlpool Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. The company's principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.29.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whirlpool Corporation 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Whirlpool 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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