Ex-Dividends To Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: NUO, EDI, VCV, TCB, EQT

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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:

Nuveen Ohio Quality Income Municipal Fund

Owners of Nuveen Ohio Quality Income Municipal Fund (NYSE: NUO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $14.72 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.6%.

The average volume for Nuveen Ohio Quality Income Municipal Fund has been 49,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Ohio Quality Income Municipal Fund has a market cap of $269.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 14.27.

Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Total Income

Owners of Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Total Income (NYSE: EDI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $18.39 as of 9:39 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10%.

The average volume for Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Total Income has been 74,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Total Income has a market cap of $174.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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AIM Investment Funds

Owners of AIM Investment Funds (NYSE: VCV) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $11.88 as of 9:39 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.7%.

The average volume for AIM Investment Funds has been 187,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. AIM Investment Funds has a market cap of $563.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 11.33.

TCF Financial Corporation

Owners of TCF Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $15.80 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for TCF Financial Corporation has been 992,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. TCF Financial Corporation has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TCF Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for TCF National Bank that provides various retail and wholesale banking products and services. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.17.

TheStreet Ratings rates TCF Financial Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 TCF Financial Corporation Ratings Report now.

EQT

Owners of EQT (NYSE: EQT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 3 cents per share. At a price of $95.22 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.1%.

The average volume for EQT has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. EQT has a market cap of $14.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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EQT Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company in the United States. It operates in three segments: EQT Production, EQT Midstream, and Distribution. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.04.

TheStreet Ratings rates EQT as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. 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 EQT 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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