Dividend Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: CRESY, GHY, ALV, MCO, MRO

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Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 24 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 11.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Cresud

Owners of Cresud (NASDAQ: CRESY) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 39 cents per share. At a price of $10.31 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.8%.

The average volume for Cresud has been 97,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Shares are up 28.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Cresud Sociedad Anonima Comercial, Inmobiliaria, Financiera y Agropecuaria, an agricultural company, produces basic agricultural commodities in Brazil and other Latin American countries.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cresud as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Cresud Ratings Report now.

Prudential Global Short Duration High Yield

Owners of Prudential Global Short Duration High Yield (NYSE: GHY) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $17.15 as of 3:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.6%.

The average volume for Prudential Global Short Duration High Yield has been 169,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Prudential Global Short Duration High Yield has a market cap of $710.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 14.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Autoliv

Owners of Autoliv (NYSE: ALV) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $89.68 as of 4:05 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for Autoliv has been 368,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Autoliv has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Autoliv, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and supply of automotive safety systems to the automotive industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.44.

TheStreet Ratings rates Autoliv as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Autoliv Ratings Report now.

Moody's Corporation

Owners of Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $73.33 as of 4:03 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Moody's Corporation has been 960,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Shares are up 44.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Moody's Corporation provides credit ratings; and credit, capital markets, and economic related research, data, and analytical tools worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.80.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moody's Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. 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 Moody's Corporation Ratings Report now.

Marathon Oil

Owners of Marathon Oil (NYSE: MRO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 19 cents per share. At a price of $36.15 as of 4:01 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Marathon Oil has been 5.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Marathon Oil has a market cap of $25.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 18.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Marathon Oil Corporation operates as an energy company worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.18.

TheStreet Ratings rates Marathon Oil as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Marathon Oil 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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