Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: HRZN, MAIN, HIW

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Tomorrow, Friday, May 16, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 24 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1% to 63.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Horizon Technology Finance

Owners of Horizon Technology Finance (NASDAQ: HRZN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $13.66 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10%.

The average volume for Horizon Technology Finance has been 102,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Horizon Technology Finance has a market cap of $132.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Horizon Technology Finance Corporation, a specialty finance company, lends to and invests in development-stage companies in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.32.

TheStreet Ratings rates Horizon Technology Finance as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and deteriorating net income. You can view the full Horizon Technology Finance Ratings Report now.

Main Street Capital Corporation

Owners of Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE: MAIN) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $30.08 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.5%.

The average volume for Main Street Capital Corporation has been 390,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Main Street Capital Corporation has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Main Street Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in long- term equity, equity related, and debt investments in small and lower middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.19.

TheStreet Ratings rates Main Street Capital Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. You can view the full Main Street Capital Corporation Ratings Report now.

Highwoods Properties

Owners of Highwoods Properties (NYSE: HIW) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 42 cents per share. At a price of $40.72 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.2%.

The average volume for Highwoods Properties has been 617,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Highwoods Properties has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Highwoods Properties, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The trust engages in leasing, management, development, construction, and other customer-related services for its properties and for third parties. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 60.15.

TheStreet Ratings rates Highwoods Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Highwoods Properties 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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