Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: FAX, CMP, EXXI

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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:

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund

Owners of Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund (AMEX: FAX) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $6.04 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7%.

The average volume for Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 14.73.

Compass Minerals International

Owners of Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 60 cents per share. At a price of $83.80 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Compass Minerals International has been 259,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Compass Minerals International has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Compass Minerals International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and markets inorganic mineral products primarily in North America and the United Kingdom. It operates in two segments, Salt and Specialty Fertilizer. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.58.

TheStreet Ratings rates Compass Minerals International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in stock price during the past year and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Compass Minerals International Ratings Report now.

Energy XXI

Owners of Energy XXI (NASDAQ: EXXI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $24.27 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for Energy XXI has been 1.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Energy XXI has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 9.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Energy XXI (Bermuda) Limited is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and operation of oil and natural gas properties onshore in Louisiana and Texas, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.56.

TheStreet Ratings rates Energy XXI as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations 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 Energy XXI 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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