Dividend Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: NHS, MHD, MUC, JE, TRN

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Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, 141 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 39%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

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 $13.45 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8%.

The average volume for Neuberger Berman High Yield Stra Fd has been 50,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Neuberger Berman High Yield Stra Fd has a market cap of $264.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 0.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 7.90.

BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund

Owners of BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund (NYSE: MHD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $15.03 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.1%.

The average volume for BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund has been 68,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock MuniHoldings Fund has a market cap of $211.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 12.91.

BlackRock MuniHoldings California Quality F

Owners of BlackRock MuniHoldings California Quality F (NYSE: MUC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $13.54 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.3%.

The average volume for BlackRock MuniHoldings California Quality F has been 141,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock MuniHoldings California Quality F has a market cap of $553.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 12.87.

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 $7.63 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.1%.

The average volume for Just Energy Group has been 400,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Just Energy Group has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 2.18.

Trinity Industries

Owners of Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $55.10 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for Trinity Industries has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Trinity Industries has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Trinity Industries, Inc. provides products and services to the industrial, energy, transportation, and construction sectors primarily in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Sweden. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.18.

TheStreet Ratings rates Trinity Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. 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 Trinity Industries 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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