Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: BTE, DST, SBGI

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 5:00 AM ET, 79 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 14.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Baytex Energy

Owners of Baytex Energy (NYSE: BTE) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $36.50 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.6%.

The average volume for Baytex Energy has been 206,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Baytex Energy has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Baytex Energy Corp., an oil and gas company, engages in the acquisition, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin; and the Williston Basin in the United States. The company offers heavy oil, light oil, and natural gas liquids. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.33.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baytex Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Baytex Energy Ratings Report now.

DST Systems

Owners of DST Systems (NYSE: DST) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $94.05 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for DST Systems has been 231,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. DST Systems has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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DST Systems, Inc. provides information processing and software services and products. The company operates in two segments, Financial Services and Customer Communications. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.59.

TheStreet Ratings rates DST Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full DST Systems Ratings Report now.

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Owners of Sinclair Broadcast Group (NASDAQ: SBGI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $29.92 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for Sinclair Broadcast Group has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Sinclair Broadcast Group has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 16.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., a television broadcasting company, owns or provides programming, operating, or sales services to television stations in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.98.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sinclair Broadcast Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Sinclair Broadcast Group 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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