5 With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: CHY, CSQ, WBS, WCN, RKT

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Tomorrow, Feb. 7, 2014, 10 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.1% to 8.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Calamos Convertible & High Income Fund

Owners of Calamos Convertible & High Income Fund (NASDAQ: CHY) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $12.99 as of 9:38 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.9%.

The average volume for Calamos Convertible & High Income Fund has been 171,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Calamos Convertible & High Income Fund has a market cap of $936.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 8.71.

Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund

Owners of Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund (NASDAQ: CSQ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $10.58 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.9%.

The average volume for Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has been 369,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 11.91.

Webster Financial

Owners of Webster Financial (NYSE: WBS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $29.25 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Webster Financial has been 505,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Webster Financial has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Webster Financial Corporation operates as the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association that provides financial services to individuals, families, and businesses primarily in southern New England and Westchester County, New York. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.68.

TheStreet Ratings rates Webster Financial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Webster Financial Ratings Report now.

Waste Connections

Owners of Waste Connections (NYSE: WCN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $40.74 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for Waste Connections has been 575,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Waste Connections has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Waste Connections, Inc., an integrated solid waste services company, provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services. The company operates in four segments: Western, Central, Eastern, and Exploration and Production (E&P). The company has a P/E ratio of 27.53.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Connections as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Waste Connections Ratings Report now.

Rock-Tenn Company

Owners of Rock-Tenn Company (NYSE: RKT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $100.67 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Rock-Tenn Company has been 762,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Rock-Tenn Company has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Rock-Tenn Company manufactures and sells corrugated and consumer packaging products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and China. The company operates in three segments: Corrugated Packaging, Consumer Packaging, and Recycling. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.79.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rock-Tenn Company 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, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Rock-Tenn Company 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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