Ex-Dividends To Watch: 4 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: FAM, FSD, ERF, AMTD

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Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 17 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.7% to 11.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity

Owners of First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity (NYSE: FAM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $13.75 as of 9:29 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.2%.

The average volume for First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity has been 85,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity has a market cap of $241.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 10.06.

First Trust High Inc Long/Shrt CE with IsEq

Owners of First Trust High Inc Long/Shrt CE with IsEq (NYSE: FSD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $17.56 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.5%.

The average volume for First Trust High Inc Long/Shrt CE with IsEq has been 139,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. First Trust High Inc Long/Shrt CE with IsEq has a market cap of $631.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Enerplus

Owners of Enerplus (NYSE: ERF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $17.92 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.3%.

The average volume for Enerplus has been 666,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Enerplus has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Enerplus Corporation, together with subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas in the United States and Canada.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enerplus as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full Enerplus Ratings Report now.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation

Owners of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE: AMTD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $31.00 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation has been 2.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation has a market cap of $17.1 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.91.

TheStreet Ratings rates TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 TD Ameritrade Holding 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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