Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: CHMI, CXW, CMCSK

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Monday, Monday, March 31, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 6 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.8% to 10.9%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment

Owners of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment (NYSE: CHMI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $19.20 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.9%.

The average volume for Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment has been 58,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment has a market cap of $142.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Corrections Corporation of America

Owners of Corrections Corporation of America (NYSE: CXW) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 51 cents per share. At a price of $31.73 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.2%.

The average volume for Corrections Corporation of America has been 795,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Corrections Corporation of America has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Corrections Corporation of America, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates privatized correctional and detention facilities in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.09.

TheStreet Ratings rates Corrections Corporation of America as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Corrections Corporation of America Ratings Report now.

Comcast

Owners of Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSK) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $48.39 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for Comcast has been 2.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Comcast has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.37.

TheStreet Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Comcast 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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