3 Stocks With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: EFC, GMT, HUB.B

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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:

Ellington Financial

Owners of Ellington Financial (NYSE: EFC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 77 cents per share. At a price of $24.68 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.6%.

The average volume for Ellington Financial has been 132,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ellington Financial has a market cap of $623.8 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Ellington Financial LLC, a specialty finance company, acquires and manages mortgage-related assets, including residential mortgage backed securities backed by prime jumbo, Alt-A, manufactured housing and subprime residential mortgage loans, and residential mortgage-backed securities. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.48.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ellington Financial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 Ellington Financial Ratings Report now.

GATX

Owners of GATX (NYSE: GMT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 33 cents per share. At a price of $64.52 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for GATX has been 275,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. GATX has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 22.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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GATX Corporation leases, operates, manages, and remarkets assets in the rail and marine markets in North America and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Rail North America, Rail International, American Steamship Company (ASC), and Portfolio Management. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.15.

TheStreet Ratings rates GATX as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full GATX Ratings Report now.

Hubbell

Owners of Hubbell (NYSE: HUB.B) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $119.32 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Hubbell has been 307,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hubbell has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 9.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Hubbell Incorporated engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of electrical and electronic products in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Electrical and Power. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.75.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hubbell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Hubbell 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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