5 With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: DMF, PGP, PKO, IIM, ARG

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Tomorrow, Dec. 10, 2013, 56 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 12.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Dreyfus Municipal Income

Owners of Dreyfus Municipal Income (AMEX: DMF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $8.12 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.7%.

The average volume for Dreyfus Municipal Income has been 59,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dreyfus Municipal Income has a market cap of $169.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 21.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 12.06.

PIMCO Global StocksPLUS and Income Fund

Owners of PIMCO Global StocksPLUS and Income Fund (NYSE: PGP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $23.07 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.7%.

The average volume for PIMCO Global StocksPLUS and Income Fund has been 37,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. PIMCO Global StocksPLUS and Income Fund has a market cap of $237.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 27.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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PIMCO Income Opportunity Fund

Owners of PIMCO Income Opportunity Fund (NYSE: PKO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 19 cents per share. At a price of $27.71 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.3%.

The average volume for PIMCO Income Opportunity Fund has been 60,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. PIMCO Income Opportunity Fund has a market cap of $410.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Invesco Insured Municipal Income

Owners of Invesco Insured Municipal Income (NYSE: IIM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $13.61 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.6%.

The average volume for Invesco Insured Municipal Income has been 204,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Invesco Insured Municipal Income has a market cap of $640.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 19.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 14.48.

Airgas

Owners of Airgas (NYSE: ARG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 48 cents per share. At a price of $110.52 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for Airgas has been 341,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Airgas has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 20.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Airgas, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods. The company operates through two business segments, Distribution and All Other Operations. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.59.

TheStreet Ratings rates Airgas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Airgas 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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