Dividend Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: BTA, BKN, NMO, RBA, AFL

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Tomorrow, Feb. 12, 2014, 196 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 23.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

BlackRock Long-Term Municipal Advantage Tru

Owners of BlackRock Long-Term Municipal Advantage Tru (NYSE: BTA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $10.87 as of 9:29 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.9%.

The average volume for BlackRock Long-Term Municipal Advantage Tru has been 62,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Long-Term Municipal Advantage Tru has a market cap of $145.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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BlackRock Investment Quality Municipal

Owners of BlackRock Investment Quality Municipal (NYSE: BKN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $14.59 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.6%.

The average volume for BlackRock Investment Quality Municipal has been 86,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Investment Quality Municipal has a market cap of $251.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 13.31.

Nuveen Municipal Market Opportunity

Owners of Nuveen Municipal Market Opportunity (NYSE: NMO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $12.68 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.4%.

The average volume for Nuveen Municipal Market Opportunity has been 173,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Municipal Market Opportunity has a market cap of $578.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 12.24.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Owners of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE: RBA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $22.63 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%.

The average volume for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has been 528,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated operates as an auctioneer of industrial equipment. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.04.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Ratings Report now.

Aflac

Owners of Aflac (NYSE: AFL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 37 cents per share. At a price of $62.35 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for Aflac has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Aflac has a market cap of $29.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides supplemental health and life insurance products. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.27.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aflac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. You can view the full Aflac 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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