3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: PFLT, WHZ, DCI

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Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 5:00 AM ET, 25 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1% to 36.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Owners of PennantPark Floating Rate Capital (NASDAQ: PFLT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $13.91 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.7%.

The average volume for PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has been 78,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has a market cap of $208.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. is a business development company. It seeks to make secondary direct, debt, equity, and loan investments. The fund seeks to invest through floating rate loans in private or thinly traded or small market-cap, public middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.99.

TheStreet Ratings rates PennantPark Floating Rate Capital as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ratings Report now.

Whiting USA Trust II

Owners of Whiting USA Trust II (NYSE: WHZ) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 65 cents per share. At a price of $13.32 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 19.5%.

The average volume for Whiting USA Trust II has been 148,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whiting USA Trust II has a market cap of $246.4 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 4.82.

Donaldson Company

Owners of Donaldson Company (NYSE: DCI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $41.76 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for Donaldson Company has been 404,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Donaldson Company has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 2.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Donaldson Company, Inc. manufactures and sells filtration systems and replacement parts. The company operates in two segments, Engine Products and Industrial Products. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.91.

TheStreet Ratings rates Donaldson Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. 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 Donaldson 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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