Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: FULL, UTG, STAG, CIM, LGF

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Tomorrow, Dec. 27, 2013, 134 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 14.9%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Full Circle Capital

Owners of Full Circle Capital (NASDAQ: FULL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $7.19 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.2%.

The average volume for Full Circle Capital has been 78,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Full Circle Capital has a market cap of $54.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Full Circle Capital Corporation is a business development company and operates as an externally managed non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The company has a P/E ratio of 71.70.

TheStreet Ratings rates Full Circle Capital as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Full Circle Capital Ratings Report now.

Reaves Utility Income Fund

Owners of Reaves Utility Income Fund (AMEX: UTG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $24.99 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.6%.

The average volume for Reaves Utility Income Fund has been 65,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Reaves Utility Income Fund has a market cap of $725.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Stag Industrial

Owners of Stag Industrial (NYSE: STAG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $20.42 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.2%.

The average volume for Stag Industrial has been 252,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stag Industrial has a market cap of $896.0 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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STAG Industrial, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of United States. It is engaged in investment and management of real estate assets. STAG Industrial, Inc. was founded on July 21, 2010 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stag Industrial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. You can view the full Stag Industrial Ratings Report now.

Chimera Investment Corporation

Owners of Chimera Investment Corporation (NYSE: CIM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $3.18 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.4%.

The average volume for Chimera Investment Corporation has been 7.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Chimera Investment Corporation has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 21.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Chimera Investment Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.29.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chimera Investment Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Chimera Investment Corporation Ratings Report now.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation

Owners of Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: LGF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $31.07 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.7%.

The average volume for Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 88.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., an entertainment company, engages in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, and international distribution and sales activities. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.90.

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