Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: VNR, XCO, HSH, O, HIG

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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:

Vanguard Natural Resources

Owners of Vanguard Natural Resources (NASDAQ: VNR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $28.66 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.6%.

The average volume for Vanguard Natural Resources has been 312,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Vanguard Natural Resources has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC, through its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vanguard Natural Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk. You can view the full Vanguard Natural Resources Ratings Report now.

EXCO Resources

Owners of EXCO Resources (NYSE: XCO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $5.58 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for EXCO Resources has been 3.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. EXCO Resources has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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EXCO Resources, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, exploitation, development and production of onshore U.S. oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays.

TheStreet Ratings rates EXCO Resources as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full EXCO Resources Ratings Report now.

Hillshire Brands

Owners of Hillshire Brands (NYSE: HSH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $33.57 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Hillshire Brands has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Hillshire Brands has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 20% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The Hillshire Brands Company manufactures and markets meat-centric food solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Retail and Foodservice/Other. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.38.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hillshire Brands as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. You can view the full Hillshire Brands Ratings Report now.

Realty Income Corporation

Owners of Realty Income Corporation (NYSE: O) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $38.12 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.6%.

The average volume for Realty Income Corporation has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.72.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. You can view the full Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

Hartford Financial Services Group

Owners of Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE: HIG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $35.93 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Hartford Financial Services Group has been 3.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Hartford Financial Services Group has a market cap of $15.9 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 58.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and financial services to individual and business customers primarily in the United States and Japan. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.37.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hartford Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Hartford Financial Services Group 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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