Ex-Dividend Alert: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: HQH, B, LPS, MAT, VLO

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Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 10 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.2% to 8.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

H & Q Healthcare Investors

Owners of H & Q Healthcare Investors (NYSE: HQH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $25.71 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8%.

The average volume for H & Q Healthcare Investors has been 89,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. H & Q Healthcare Investors has a market cap of $691.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 47.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Barnes Group

Owners of Barnes Group (NYSE: B) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $35.87 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.2%.

The average volume for Barnes Group has been 356,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Barnes Group has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 60.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Barnes Group Inc. operates as an aerospace and industrial manufacturing and service provider serving a range of end markets and customers worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Aerospace, Industrial, and Distribution. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.28.

TheStreet Ratings rates Barnes Group 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, increase in net income, solid stock price performance 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 Barnes Group Ratings Report now.

Lender Processing Services

Owners of Lender Processing Services (NYSE: LPS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $34.47 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.2%.

The average volume for Lender Processing Services has been 861,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Lender Processing Services has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 40.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Lender Processing Services, Inc. provides integrated technology, data, and services to the mortgage lending industry in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Technology, Data, and Analytics; and Transaction Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.58.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lender Processing Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Lender Processing Services Ratings Report now.

Mattel

Owners of Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 36 cents per share. At a price of $45.65 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for Mattel has been 2.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Mattel has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the consumer durables industry. Shares are up 24.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Mattel, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets various toy products. The company operates in three segments: North America, International, and American Girl. Its products comprise fashion dolls and accessories, vehicles and play sets, and games and puzzles. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.09.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mattel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Mattel Ratings Report now.

Valero Energy Corporation

Owners of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $43.36 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Valero Energy Corporation has been 7.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Valero Energy Corporation has a market cap of $22.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Valero Energy Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refining and marketing company. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Ethanol, and Retail. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.51.

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