Ex-Dividends To Watch: 5 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: DUC, NHF, HIW, SCCO, COP

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Tomorrow, Feb. 13, 2014, 38 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 11.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Duff & Phelps Utility & Corporate Bond

Owners of Duff & Phelps Utility & Corporate Bond (NYSE: DUC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $10.42 as of 9:39 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8%.

The average volume for Duff & Phelps Utility & Corporate Bond has been 82,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Duff & Phelps Utility & Corporate Bond has a market cap of $288.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 14.36.

NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund

Owners of NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund (NYSE: NHF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $10.76 as of 9:39 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.1%.

The average volume for NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund has been 332,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund has a market cap of $691.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Highwoods Properties

Owners of Highwoods Properties (NYSE: HIW) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 42 cents per share. At a price of $37.13 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.6%.

The average volume for Highwoods Properties has been 667,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Highwoods Properties has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Highwoods Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The trust engages in leasing, management, development, construction, and other customer-related services for its properties and for third parties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.63.

TheStreet Ratings rates Highwoods Properties 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, reasonable 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 Highwoods Properties Ratings Report now.

Southern Copper Corporation

Owners of Southern Copper Corporation (NYSE: SCCO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $32.12 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for Southern Copper Corporation has been 2.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Southern Copper Corporation has a market cap of $25.6 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 10.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Southern Copper Corporation engages in mining, exploring, producing, smelting, and refining copper and other minerals in Peru, Mexico, and Chile. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.72.

TheStreet Ratings rates Southern Copper Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Southern Copper Corporation Ratings Report now.

ConocoPhillips

Owners of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 69 cents per share. At a price of $65.87 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for ConocoPhillips has been 5.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. ConocoPhillips has a market cap of $79.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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ConocoPhillips explores for, produces, transports, and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and natural gas liquids on a worldwide basis. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.33.

TheStreet Ratings rates ConocoPhillips as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 ConocoPhillips 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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