3 Stocks With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: CCG, ARCO, CVA

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Monday, Monday, March 24, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 4 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 2.4% to 7.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Campus Crest Communities

Owners of Campus Crest Communities (NYSE: CCG) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $8.58 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.7%.

The average volume for Campus Crest Communities has been 690,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Campus Crest Communities has a market cap of $548.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 8.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Campus Crest Communities, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, development, building, and management of student housing properties under the Grove brand name in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Campus Crest Communities as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Campus Crest Communities Ratings Report now.

Arcos Dorados Holdings

Owners of Arcos Dorados Holdings (NYSE: ARCO) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $9.71 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for Arcos Dorados Holdings has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Arcos Dorados Holdings has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. operates as a franchisee of McDonald's restaurants. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.80.

TheStreet Ratings rates Arcos Dorados Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Arcos Dorados Holdings Ratings Report now.

Covanta Holding Corporation

Owners of Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $16.73 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for Covanta Holding Corporation has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Covanta Holding Corporation has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Covanta Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides waste and energy services to municipal entities primarily in North America. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.00.

TheStreet Ratings rates Covanta Holding Corporation as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. 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 Covanta Holding 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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