Ex-Dividends To Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: FDUS, DV, GPC, ADI, COH

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Tomorrow, Dec. 4, 2013, 43 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 8.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Fidus Investment

Owners of Fidus Investment (NASDAQ: FDUS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 76 cents per share. At a price of $21.79 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7%.

The average volume for Fidus Investment has been 56,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fidus Investment has a market cap of $298.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 31.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Fidus Investment Corporation operates as an externally managed, closed-end, and non-diversified management investment company. The company provides customized debt and equity financing solutions to lower middle-market companies in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.55.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fidus Investment as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Fidus Investment Ratings Report now.

DeVry Education Group

Owners of DeVry Education Group (NYSE: DV) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $35.59 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1%.

The average volume for DeVry Education Group has been 580,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. DeVry Education Group has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 49.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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DeVry Education Group Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides educational services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.38.

TheStreet Ratings rates DeVry Education Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full DeVry Education Group Ratings Report now.

Genuine Parts Company

Owners of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 54 cents per share. At a price of $83.42 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.6%.

The average volume for Genuine Parts Company has been 707,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Genuine Parts Company has a market cap of $12.8 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are up 29.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.57.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genuine Parts Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels 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 Genuine Parts Company Ratings Report now.

Analog Devices

Owners of Analog Devices (NASDAQ: ADI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $48.66 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Analog Devices has been 1.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Analog Devices has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Analog Devices, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing integrated circuits (ICs) for use in industrial, automotive, consumer, and communication markets worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.53.

TheStreet Ratings rates Analog Devices as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Analog Devices Ratings Report now.

Coach

Owners of Coach (NYSE: COH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $56.79 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%.

The average volume for Coach has been 4.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Coach has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Coach, Inc. designs and markets bags, accessories, business cases, footwear, wearables, jewelry, sunwear, travel bags, watches, and fragrances for women and men in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.04.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coach as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins 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 Coach 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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