Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: FEIC, ARCP, EMC

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Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 6 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.5% to 11.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

FEI Company

Owners of FEI Company (NASDAQ: FEIC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $89.36 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.5%.

The average volume for FEI Company has been 186,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. FEI Company has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 61.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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FEI Company supplies scientific instruments for nanoscale applications and solutions for industry and science. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.45.

TheStreet Ratings rates FEI Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full FEI Company Ratings Report now.

American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas

Owners of American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas (NASDAQ: ARCP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $12.85 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.4%.

The average volume for American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas has been 5.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. owns and acquires single tenant, freestanding commercial real estate that is net leased on a medium-term basis, primarily to investment grade credit rated and other creditworthy tenants. The company principally invests in retail and office properties.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full American Realty Capital Properties Inc Clas Ratings Report now.

EMC Corporation

Owners of EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $25.15 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.6%.

The average volume for EMC Corporation has been 23.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. EMC Corporation has a market cap of $51.4 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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EMC Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, delivers, and supports information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions, and services. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.00.

TheStreet Ratings rates EMC Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full EMC 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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