Dividend Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: MUS, BFZ, JSN, ENS, DVN

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Tomorrow, Dec. 11, 2013, 174 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 30.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund

Owners of BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund (NYSE: MUS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $11.73 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.9%.

The average volume for BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund has been 58,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock MuniHoldings Quality Fund has a market cap of $153.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 22.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 12.14.

BlackRock California Municipal Income

Owners of BlackRock California Municipal Income (NYSE: BFZ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $13.25 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7%.

The average volume for BlackRock California Municipal Income has been 86,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock California Municipal Income has a market cap of $421.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Nuveen Equity Premium Opportunity Fund

Owners of Nuveen Equity Premium Opportunity Fund (NYSE: JSN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 28 cents per share. At a price of $12.44 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9%.

The average volume for Nuveen Equity Premium Opportunity Fund has been 166,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Equity Premium Opportunity Fund has a market cap of $827.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 38.91.

EnerSys

Owners of EnerSys (NYSE: ENS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $70.72 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.7%.

The average volume for EnerSys has been 315,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. EnerSys has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 87.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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EnerSys manufactures, markets, and distributes industrial batteries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.70.

TheStreet Ratings rates EnerSys as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full EnerSys Ratings Report now.

Devon Energy

Owners of Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $60.80 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for Devon Energy has been 3.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Devon Energy has a market cap of $24.6 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 16.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Devon Energy Corporation, an independent energy company, engages primarily in exploration, development, and production of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (NGLs).

TheStreet Ratings rates Devon Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. You can view the full Devon Energy 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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