Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: SRF, SLF, BRS

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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:

Cushing Royalty & Income Fund

Owners of Cushing Royalty & Income Fund (NYSE: SRF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $19.04 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.6%.

The average volume for Cushing Royalty & Income Fund has been 53,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cushing Royalty & Income Fund has a market cap of $182.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Sun Life Financial

Owners of Sun Life Financial (NYSE: SLF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 33 cents per share. At a price of $35.63 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for Sun Life Financial has been 361,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sun Life Financial has a market cap of $21.8 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Sun Life Financial Inc., an international financial services organization, provides a range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.85.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sun Life Financial 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, notable return on equity 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 Sun Life Financial Ratings Report now.

Bristow Group

Owners of Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $75.21 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Bristow Group has been 336,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Bristow Group has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 0.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Bristow Group Inc. provides helicopter services to the offshore energy industry primarily in Europe, West Africa, North America, and Australia. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.69.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bristow Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance 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 Bristow 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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