Dividend Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: RIT, GDO, HYI, ETJ, CLB

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Tomorrow, Jan. 22, 2014, 56 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 9.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

LMP Real Estate Income Fund

Owners of LMP Real Estate Income Fund (NYSE: RIT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $10.26 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7%.

The average volume for LMP Real Estate Income Fund has been 49,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. LMP Real Estate Income Fund has a market cap of $116.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 10.32.

Western Asset Global Corporate Defined Oppo

Owners of Western Asset Global Corporate Defined Oppo (NYSE: GDO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $18.15 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.7%.

The average volume for Western Asset Global Corporate Defined Oppo has been 57,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Western Asset Global Corporate Defined Oppo has a market cap of $278.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Western Asset High Yield Defined Opportunit

Owners of Western Asset High Yield Defined Opportunit (NYSE: HYI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $18.25 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.6%.

The average volume for Western Asset High Yield Defined Opportunit has been 91,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Western Asset High Yield Defined Opportunit has a market cap of $414.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Eaton Vance Risk-Managed Diversified Equity

Owners of Eaton Vance Risk-Managed Diversified Equity (NYSE: ETJ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $11.63 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.6%.

The average volume for Eaton Vance Risk-Managed Diversified Equity has been 242,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Eaton Vance Risk-Managed Diversified Equity has a market cap of $815.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Core Laboratories N.V

Owners of Core Laboratories N.V (NYSE: CLB) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $192.99 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for Core Laboratories N.V has been 221,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Core Laboratories N.V has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Core Laboratories N.V. provides reservoir description, production enhancement, and reservoir management services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.05.

TheStreet Ratings rates Core Laboratories N.V as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. You can view the full Core Laboratories N.V 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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