Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: PGH, OTEX, RHI

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Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, 5:00 AM ET, 17 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 7.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Pengrowth Energy

Owners of Pengrowth Energy (NYSE: PGH) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $6.81 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.5%.

The average volume for Pengrowth Energy has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Pengrowth Energy has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Pengrowth Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas reserves in Canada.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pengrowth Energy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Pengrowth Energy Ratings Report now.

Open Text Corporation

Owners of Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $51.10 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.2%.

The average volume for Open Text Corporation has been 699,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Open Text Corporation has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 11% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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

Robert Half International

Owners of Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $40.73 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Robert Half International has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Robert Half International has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Robert Half International Inc. provides staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.56.

TheStreet Ratings rates Robert Half International 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 Robert Half International 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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