Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: PBT, FINL, PSEC

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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:

Permian Basin Royalty

Owners of Permian Basin Royalty (NYSE: PBT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $13.15 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7%.

The average volume for Permian Basin Royalty has been 137,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Permian Basin Royalty has a market cap of $620.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Permian Basin Royalty Trust owns overriding royalty interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.86.

TheStreet Ratings rates Permian Basin Royalty as a hold. 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 and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. You can view the full Permian Basin Royalty Ratings Report now.

Finish Line

Owners of Finish Line (NASDAQ: FINL) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $25.01 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for Finish Line has been 664,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Finish Line has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The Finish Line, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a mall-based specialty retailer in the United States. It operates Finish Line stores that offer performance and athletic casual shoes, as well as apparel and accessories for men, women, and kids. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.45.

TheStreet Ratings rates Finish Line 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, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Finish Line Ratings Report now.

Prospect Capital Corporation

Owners of Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $10.98 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.7%.

The average volume for Prospect Capital Corporation has been 3.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Prospect Capital Corporation has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Prospect Capital Corporation is a business development company. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.78.

TheStreet Ratings rates Prospect Capital Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 Prospect Capital Corporation 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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