Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: CG, FMER, UHS

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Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 5:00 AM ET, 49 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 14.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Carlyle Group

At a price of $37.76 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 14.8%.

The average volume for Carlyle Group has been 424,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Carlyle Group has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The Carlyle Group LP is an investment firm specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.46.

TheStreet Ratings rates Carlyle Group as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Carlyle Group Ratings Report now.

Firstmerit

Owners of Firstmerit (NASDAQ: FMER) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $20.14 as of 9:39 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1%.

The average volume for Firstmerit has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Firstmerit has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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FirstMerit Corporation operates as a bank holding company for FirstMerit Bank, N.A. that provides various banking, fiduciary, financial, insurance, and investment services to corporate, institutional, and individual customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.21.

TheStreet Ratings rates Firstmerit as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Firstmerit Ratings Report now.

Universal Health Services

Owners of Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $81.48 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.2%.

The average volume for Universal Health Services has been 637,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Universal Health Services has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are down 0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Universal Health Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and radiation oncology centers. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.77.

TheStreet Ratings rates Universal Health Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. 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 Universal Health Services 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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