5 With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: NHS, JE, UGI, DPS, RRC

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

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:

Neuberger Berman High Yield Stra Fd

Owners of Neuberger Berman High Yield Stra Fd (AMEX: NHS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $13.20 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.1%.

The average volume for Neuberger Berman High Yield Stra Fd has been 52,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Neuberger Berman High Yield Stra Fd has a market cap of $259.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

The company has a P/E ratio of 7.77.

Just Energy Group

Owners of Just Energy Group (NYSE: JE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $7.19 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.2%.

The average volume for Just Energy Group has been 396,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Just Energy Group has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 26.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

The company has a P/E ratio of 1.95.

UGI Corporation

Owners of UGI Corporation (NYSE: UGI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 28 cents per share. At a price of $40.38 as of 4:03 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for UGI Corporation has been 512,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. UGI Corporation has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 24.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

UGI Corporation distributes, stores, transports, and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.00.

TheStreet Ratings rates UGI Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. 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 UGI Corporation Ratings Report now.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Owners of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 38 cents per share. At a price of $48.39 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1%.

The average volume for Dr Pepper Snapple Group has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Dr Pepper Snapple Group has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. operates as a brand owner, manufacturer, and distributor of non-alcoholic beverages in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.86.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. 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 Dr Pepper Snapple Group Ratings Report now.

Range Resources Corporation

Owners of Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $81.48 as of 4:05 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.2%.

The average volume for Range Resources Corporation has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Range Resources Corporation has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 25.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Range Resources Corporation operates as an independent natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and oil company in the United States. It engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of natural gas and oil properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 91.93.

TheStreet Ratings rates Range Resources Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and premium valuation. You can view the full Range Resources 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.
null

If you liked this article you might like

Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: JPW, NHS, ISD

Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: JPW, NHS, ISD

3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: NHS, GBAB, BXS

3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: NHS, GBAB, BXS

Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Wednesday: OAKS, NHS, DBL

Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Wednesday: OAKS, NHS, DBL

Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: GGM, NHS, JPI

Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: GGM, NHS, JPI

Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: NHS, NXRT, WWE

Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: NHS, NXRT, WWE