3 Stocks With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: AFT, NKA, JCOM

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Tomorrow, Thursday, May 15, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 49 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.7% to 15.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund

Owners of Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund (NYSE: AFT) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $18.05 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.4%.

The average volume for Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund has been 50,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Apollo Senior Floating Rate Fund has a market cap of $281.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Niska Gas Storage Partners

Owners of Niska Gas Storage Partners (NYSE: NKA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $14.31 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.8%.

The average volume for Niska Gas Storage Partners has been 158,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Niska Gas Storage Partners has a market cap of $502.7 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC owns and operates natural gas storage assets in North America.

TheStreet Ratings rates Niska Gas Storage Partners as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins. You can view the full Niska Gas Storage Partners Ratings Report now.

j2 Global

Owners of j2 Global (NASDAQ: JCOM) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 27 cents per share. At a price of $47.72 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.2%.

The average volume for j2 Global has been 367,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. J2 Global has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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j2 Global, Inc. provides Internet services to businesses and individuals worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Business Cloud Services and Digital Media. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.15.

TheStreet Ratings rates j2 Global as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full j2 Global 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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