5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday: PGZ, DHG, AIF, GGG, BCR

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Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 14 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 9.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday:

Principal Real Estate Income Fund

Owners of Principal Real Estate Income Fund (NYSE: PGZ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $17.64 as of 3:53 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.2%.

The average volume for Principal Real Estate Income Fund has been 37,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Principal Real Estate Income Fund has a market cap of $110.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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DWS High Income Opportunities Fund

Owners of DWS High Income Opportunities Fund (NYSE: DHG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $14.39 as of 9:29 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.1%.

The average volume for DWS High Income Opportunities Fund has been 57,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. DWS High Income Opportunities Fund has a market cap of $235.1 million 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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Apollo Tactical Income Fund

Owners of Apollo Tactical Income Fund (NYSE: AIF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $17.85 as of 9:29 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.9%.

The average volume for Apollo Tactical Income Fund has been 91,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Apollo Tactical Income Fund has a market cap of $249.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Graco Incorporated

Owners of Graco Incorporated (NYSE: GGG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 28 cents per share. At a price of $78.25 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Graco Incorporated has been 202,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Graco Incorporated has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Graco Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets systems and equipment to pump, meter, mix, and dispense various fluids and coatings worldwide. It operates in three segments: Industrial, Contractor, and Lubrication. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.95.

TheStreet Ratings rates Graco Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full Graco Incorporated Ratings Report now.

C.R. Bard

Owners of C.R. Bard (NYSE: BCR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $135.35 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.6%.

The average volume for C.R. Bard has been 593,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. C.R. Bard has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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C. R. Bard, Inc. designs, manufactures, packages, distributes, and sells medical, surgical, diagnostic, and patient care devices worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 74.69.

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