Monday's Ex-Dividends To Watch: NNP, NVC, NXZ, NPP, ARR

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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:

Nuveen New York Performance Plus Municipal

Owners of Nuveen New York Performance Plus Municipal (NYSE: NNP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $13.55 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.3%.

The average volume for Nuveen New York Performance Plus Municipal has been 45,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen New York Performance Plus Municipal has a market cap of $203.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.1% 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.

Nuveen California Select Quality Municipal

Owners of Nuveen California Select Quality Municipal (NYSE: NVC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $13.96 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.2%.

The average volume for Nuveen California Select Quality Municipal has been 68,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen California Select Quality Municipal has a market cap of $324.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 13.65.

Nuveen Dividend Advantage Muni Fund 2

Owners of Nuveen Dividend Advantage Muni Fund 2 (AMEX: NXZ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $13.23 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.4%.

The average volume for Nuveen Dividend Advantage Muni Fund 2 has been 123,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Dividend Advantage Muni Fund 2 has a market cap of $386.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 11.70.

Nuveen Performance Plus Municipal Fund

Owners of Nuveen Performance Plus Municipal Fund (NYSE: NPP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $13.86 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.7%.

The average volume for Nuveen Performance Plus Municipal Fund has been 202,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Performance Plus Municipal Fund has a market cap of $829.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 13.54.

ARMOUR Residential REIT

Owners of ARMOUR Residential REIT (NYSE: ARR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $4.12 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 14.6%.

The average volume for ARMOUR Residential REIT has been 5.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. ARMOUR Residential REIT has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment trust launched and managed by ARMOUR Residential Management LLC. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.41.

TheStreet Ratings rates ARMOUR Residential REIT 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 unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full ARMOUR Residential REIT 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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