Ex-Dividends To Watch: 4 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: ASBC, MLM, ASH, K

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Tomorrow, Nov. 27, 2013, 44 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 8.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Associated Banc-Corp

Owners of Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $17.32 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Associated Banc-Corp has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Associated Banc-Corp has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 31% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Associated Banc-Corp, a bank holding company, offers various banking and nonbanking financial services to individuals and businesses primarily in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.92.

TheStreet Ratings rates Associated Banc-Corp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Associated Banc-Corp Ratings Report now.

Martin Marietta Materials

Owners of Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE: MLM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $97.75 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.6%.

The average volume for Martin Marietta Materials has been 362,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Martin Marietta Materials has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of aggregates for the construction industry primarily in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean Islands. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.15.

TheStreet Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Martin Marietta Materials Ratings Report now.

Ashland

Owners of Ashland (NYSE: ASH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $90.52 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for Ashland has been 709,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ashland has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 12.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Ashland Inc., a specialty chemical company, provides specialty chemicals, technologies, and insights for customer needs worldwide. It operates through four segments: Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Ashland Water Technologies, Ashland Performance Materials, and Ashland Consumer Markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 160.82.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ashland as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full Ashland Ratings Report now.

Kellogg Company

Owners of Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 46 cents per share. At a price of $62.05 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for Kellogg Company has been 1.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Kellogg Company has a market cap of $22.6 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Kellogg Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience food products primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.03.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kellogg Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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 Kellogg Company 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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