Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday: ISD, HTA, CW

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Tuesday, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 12 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 8.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday:

Prudential Short Duration High Yield Fund

Owners of Prudential Short Duration High Yield Fund (NYSE: ISD) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $17.87 as of 4:11 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.2%.

The average volume for Prudential Short Duration High Yield Fund has been 138,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Prudential Short Duration High Yield Fund has a market cap of $594.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Healthcare Trust of America

Owners of Healthcare Trust of America (NYSE: HTA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $11.23 as of 4:03 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5%.

The average volume for Healthcare Trust of America has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Healthcare Trust of America has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Healthcare Trust of America is a fully integrated, self-administered and internally managed real estate investment trust, or REIT. The company acquires, owns and operates medical office buildings and other facilities that serve the healthcare industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 114.10.

TheStreet Ratings rates Healthcare Trust of America as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Healthcare Trust of America Ratings Report now.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Owners of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $62.98 as of 4:05 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.8%.

The average volume for Curtiss-Wright Corporation has been 411,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Curtiss-Wright Corporation has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Curtiss-Wright Corporation provides engineered products and services to the defense, power generation, oil and gas, commercial aerospace, and general industrial markets worldwide. It operates through three segments: Flow Control, Controls, and Surface Technologies. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.47.

TheStreet Ratings rates Curtiss-Wright Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full Curtiss-Wright 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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