5 With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: MVT, BYM, JPC, GAS, DD

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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 MuniVest Fund II

Owners of BlackRock MuniVest Fund II (NYSE: MVT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $14.87 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.2%.

The average volume for BlackRock MuniVest Fund II has been 58,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock MuniVest Fund II has a market cap of $310.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 12.78.

BlackRock Municipal Income Quality

Owners of BlackRock Municipal Income Quality (NYSE: BYM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $13.67 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.8%.

The average volume for BlackRock Municipal Income Quality has been 120,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Municipal Income Quality has a market cap of $359.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 13.21.

Nuveen Preferred Income Opportunities Fund

Owners of Nuveen Preferred Income Opportunities Fund (NYSE: JPC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $9.06 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.4%.

The average volume for Nuveen Preferred Income Opportunities Fund has been 310,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Preferred Income Opportunities Fund has a market cap of $876.8 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 8.00.

AGL Resources

Owners of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 49 cents per share. At a price of $45.86 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for AGL Resources has been 624,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. AGL Resources has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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AGL Resources Inc., an energy services holding company, distributes natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and governmental customers in Illinois, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee, and Maryland. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.43.

TheStreet Ratings rates AGL Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full AGL Resources Ratings Report now.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

Owners of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (NYSE: DD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $63.58 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has been 4.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company has a market cap of $58.9 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. Its Agriculture segment provides corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, wheat, and rice seed products under the Pioneer brand; and herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.87.

TheStreet Ratings rates E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full E.I. du Pont de Nemours & 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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