Dividend Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: HYB, FSD, FPF, VCI, EIX

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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:

New America High Income Fund

Owners of New America High Income Fund (NYSE: HYB) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $9.78 as of 9:39 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8%.

The average volume for New America High Income Fund has been 66,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. New America High Income Fund has a market cap of $227.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 7.78.

First Trust High Inc Long/Shrt CE with IsEq

Owners of First Trust High Inc Long/Shrt CE with IsEq (NYSE: FSD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $17.32 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.6%.

The average volume for First Trust High Inc Long/Shrt CE with IsEq has been 124,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. First Trust High Inc Long/Shrt CE with IsEq has a market cap of $624.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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First Trust Intermediate Duration Preferred

Owners of First Trust Intermediate Duration Preferred (NYSE: FPF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $21.00 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.7%.

The average volume for First Trust Intermediate Duration Preferred has been 342,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. First Trust Intermediate Duration Preferred has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Valassis Communications

Owners of Valassis Communications (NYSE: VCI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 31 cents per share. At a price of $34.70 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.6%.

The average volume for Valassis Communications has been 806,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Valassis Communications has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 34.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Valassis Communications, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides media solutions primarily in the United States and Europe. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.57.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valassis Communications as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and deteriorating net income. You can view the full Valassis Communications Ratings Report now.

Edison International

Owners of Edison International (NYSE: EIX) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 36 cents per share. At a price of $46.47 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for Edison International has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Edison International has a market cap of $15.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Edison International, through its subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric power. It also invests in transportation infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy in the Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.97.

TheStreet Ratings rates Edison International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity 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 Edison International 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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