Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: FIF, TCAP, HBHC

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Monday, Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:00 AM ET, 20 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.6% to 10%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund

Owners of First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund (NYSE: FIF) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $20.70 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.4%.

The average volume for First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund has been 64,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund has a market cap of $362.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Triangle Capital Corporation

Owners of Triangle Capital Corporation (NYSE: TCAP) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $28.06 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.6%.

The average volume for Triangle Capital Corporation has been 163,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Triangle Capital Corporation has a market cap of $789.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Triangle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.79.

TheStreet Ratings rates Triangle Capital Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Triangle Capital Corporation Ratings Report now.

Hancock Holding Company

Owners of Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ: HBHC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 24 cents per share. At a price of $34.43 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Hancock Holding Company has been 506,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hancock Holding Company has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Hancock Holding Company, a financial holding company, provides financial and banking services in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Texas. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.28.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hancock Holding Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Hancock Holding Company 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.

null

More from Markets

GE Beats Earnings Estimates and 4 Other Stories You Must Know Friday Morning

GE Beats Earnings Estimates and 4 Other Stories You Must Know Friday Morning

General Electric, Honeywell, Wells Fargo and Qualcomm - 5 Things You Must Know

General Electric, Honeywell, Wells Fargo and Qualcomm - 5 Things You Must Know

Oil Slips From Three-Year Peak After Trump Tweets Anger at OPEC

Oil Slips From Three-Year Peak After Trump Tweets Anger at OPEC

Global Stocks Hit by Asia Tech Weakness, Oil Price Rally; U.S. Futures Slip

Global Stocks Hit by Asia Tech Weakness, Oil Price Rally; U.S. Futures Slip

Ericsson Rockets After Solid Q1 Following Cevian Push to Accelerate Turnaround

Ericsson Rockets After Solid Q1 Following Cevian Push to Accelerate Turnaround