5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday: APTS, DPG, TDS, TCK, HUN

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Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 55 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 16.3%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday:

Preferred Apartment Communities

Owners of Preferred Apartment Communities (AMEX: APTS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $7.92 as of 3:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.2%.

The average volume for Preferred Apartment Communities has been 62,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Preferred Apartment Communities has a market cap of $117.1 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by Preferred Apartment Advisors, LLC. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. It primarily acquires and operates multifamily apartment properties.

TheStreet Ratings rates Preferred Apartment Communities as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full Preferred Apartment Communities Ratings Report now.

Duff & Phelps Global Utility Income

Owners of Duff & Phelps Global Utility Income (NYSE: DPG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $19.08 as of 4:05 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.3%.

The average volume for Duff & Phelps Global Utility Income has been 91,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Duff & Phelps Global Utility Income has a market cap of $724.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Telephone and Data Systems

Owners of Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE: TDS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $25.07 as of 4:03 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Telephone and Data Systems has been 580,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Telephone and Data Systems has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are up 16% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a diversified telecommunications service company, provides wireless and wireline telecommunications services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.43.

TheStreet Ratings rates Telephone and Data Systems 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, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Telephone and Data Systems Ratings Report now.

Teck Resources

Owners of Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 43 cents per share. At a price of $24.12 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for Teck Resources has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Teck Resources has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 34.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Teck Resources Limited engages in exploring for, acquiring, developing, and producing natural resources in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Africa. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.93.

TheStreet Ratings rates Teck Resources as a hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Teck Resources Ratings Report now.

Huntsman Corporation

Owners of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $23.98 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Huntsman Corporation has been 4.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Huntsman Corporation has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 48.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Huntsman Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture and sale of differentiated organic and inorganic chemical products worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Polyurethanes, Performance Products, Advanced Materials, Textile Effects, and Pigments. The company has a P/E ratio of 111.05.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huntsman Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Huntsman 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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