5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: GMLP, FUL, MWE, XLNX, SBUX

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Tomorrow, Feb. 4, 2014, 19 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 10%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Golar LNG Partners

Owners of Golar LNG Partners (NASDAQ: GMLP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 52 cents per share. At a price of $30.76 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.8%.

The average volume for Golar LNG Partners has been 265,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Golar LNG Partners has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Golar LNG Partners LP owns and operates floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers primarily in the Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia. As of December 5, 2013, its fleet consisted of three FSRUs and two LNG carriers. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.86.

TheStreet Ratings rates Golar LNG Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Golar LNG Partners Ratings Report now.

H.B. Fuller Company

Owners of H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $46.36 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.8%.

The average volume for H.B. Fuller Company has been 323,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. H.B. Fuller Company has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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H.B. Fuller Company formulates, manufactures, and markets adhesives, sealants, and other specialty chemical products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Americas Adhesives; Construction Products; Europe, India, Middle East and Africa; and Asia Pacific. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.13.

TheStreet Ratings rates H.B. Fuller Company 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full H.B. Fuller Company Ratings Report now.

MarkWest Energy Partners

Owners of MarkWest Energy Partners (NYSE: MWE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 86 cents per share. At a price of $70.35 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.9%.

The average volume for MarkWest Energy Partners has been 868,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. MarkWest Energy Partners has a market cap of $10.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Markwest Energy Partners, L.P., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the gathering, processing, and transportation of natural gas the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 142.16.

TheStreet Ratings rates MarkWest Energy Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full MarkWest Energy Partners Ratings Report now.

Xilinx

Owners of Xilinx (NASDAQ: XLNX) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $46.35 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Xilinx has been 2.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Xilinx has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Xilinx, Inc. designs and develops programmable devices and associated technologies worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.86.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xilinx as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 Xilinx Ratings Report now.

Starbucks Corporation

Owners of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $71.46 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Starbucks Corporation has been 5.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Starbucks Corporation has a market cap of $54.4 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Starbucks Corporation operates as a roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. Its stores offer coffee and tea beverages, packaged roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single serve products, and juices and bottled water. The company has a P/E ratio of 479.40.

TheStreet Ratings rates Starbucks Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Starbucks 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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