Ex-Dividend Alert: 4 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: CHI, CSQ, APH, CBS

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Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, 16 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 8.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Calamos Convertible Opportunities and Incom

Owners of Calamos Convertible Opportunities and Incom (NASDAQ: CHI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $13.07 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.7%.

The average volume for Calamos Convertible Opportunities and Incom has been 156,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Calamos Convertible Opportunities and Incom has a market cap of $884.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 8.73.

Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund

Owners of Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund (NASDAQ: CSQ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $10.65 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.9%.

The average volume for Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has been 362,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 11.96.

Amphenol

Owners of Amphenol (NYSE: APH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $85.44 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for Amphenol has been 562,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Amphenol has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 31.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Amphenol Corporation provides electrical, electronic, and fiber optic connectors; interconnect systems; and coaxial and specialty cables worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.77.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amphenol 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 good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Amphenol Ratings Report now.

CBS Corporation

Owners of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $58.91 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.8%.

The average volume for CBS Corporation has been 4.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. CBS Corporation has a market cap of $32.6 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 53.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates in five segments: Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Broadcasting, and Outdoor Americas. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.24.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBS Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. 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 CBS 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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