Ex-Dividend Alert: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend: STNG, MPW, NVE, SU, UNP

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, Nov. 29, 2013, 13 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.9% to 6.3%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend:

Scorpio Tankers

Owners of Scorpio Tankers (NYSE: STNG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $11.35 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%.

The average volume for Scorpio Tankers has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Scorpio Tankers has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 62.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Scorpio Tankers Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides seaborne transportation of refined petroleum products and crude oil worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Scorpio Tankers as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins. You can view the full Scorpio Tankers Ratings Report now.

Medical Properties

Owners of Medical Properties (NYSE: MPW) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $13.26 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.3%.

The average volume for Medical Properties has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Medical Properties has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Medical Properties Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It acquires, develops, and invests in healthcare facilities; and leases healthcare facilities to healthcare operating companies and healthcare providers. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.19.

TheStreet Ratings rates Medical Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, 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 sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Medical Properties Ratings Report now.

NV Energy

Owners of NV Energy (NYSE: NVE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 19 cents per share. At a price of $23.81 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for NV Energy has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. NV Energy has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 31.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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NV Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in Nevada. The company generates electricity from its gas, oil, and coal generating units. It also delivers natural gas service. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.54.

TheStreet Ratings rates NV Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, 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 NV Energy Ratings Report now.

Suncor Energy

Owners of Suncor Energy (NYSE: SU) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 19 cents per share. At a price of $34.51 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for Suncor Energy has been 3.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Suncor Energy has a market cap of $52.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Suncor Energy Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.59.

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

Union Pacific

Owners of Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 79 cents per share. At a price of $161.54 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Union Pacific has been 2.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Union Pacific has a market cap of $74.6 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Union Pacific Corporation, through its subsidiary, Union Pacific Railroad Company, provides rail transportation services in North America. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.86.

TheStreet Ratings rates Union Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity 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 Union Pacific 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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