5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: IHD, NDRO, WPC, INGR, AGNC

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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:

ING Emerging Market High Dividend Equity

Owners of ING Emerging Market High Dividend Equity (NYSE: IHD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 29 cents per share. At a price of $12.05 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.6%.

The average volume for ING Emerging Market High Dividend Equity has been 90,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. ING Emerging Market High Dividend Equity has a market cap of $235.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 17.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Enduro Royalty

Owners of Enduro Royalty (NYSE: NDRO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $12.42 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 14.9%.

The average volume for Enduro Royalty has been 274,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Enduro Royalty has a market cap of $405.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 26.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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W. P. Carey

Owners of W. P. Carey (NYSE: WPC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 98 cents per share. At a price of $62.24 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.6%.

The average volume for W. P. Carey has been 279,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. W. P. Carey has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 18.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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W. P. Carey Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The company has a P/E ratio of 68.68.

TheStreet Ratings rates W. P. Carey as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. You can view the full W. P. Carey Ratings Report now.

Ingredion

Owners of Ingredion (NYSE: INGR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 42 cents per share. At a price of $67.79 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%.

The average volume for Ingredion has been 600,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ingredion has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the food & beverage industry. Shares are up 5.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Ingredion Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells starch and sweetener ingredients in North America, South America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.23.

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

American Capital Agency

Owners of American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 65 cents per share. At a price of $20.10 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.1%.

The average volume for American Capital Agency has been 7.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. American Capital Agency has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 31% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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American Capital Agency Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). The company has a P/E ratio of 3.25.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Capital Agency as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full American Capital Agency 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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