Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: AFB, STR, LEA

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 47 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 8.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

AllianceBernstein National Municipal Income

Owners of AllianceBernstein National Municipal Income (NYSE: AFB) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $14.12 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.2%.

The average volume for AllianceBernstein National Municipal Income has been 65,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. AllianceBernstein National Municipal Income has a market cap of $404.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Questar

Owners of Questar (NYSE: STR) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 19 cents per share. At a price of $23.97 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for Questar has been 903,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Questar has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Questar Corporation operates as an integrated natural gas company in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.90.

TheStreet Ratings rates Questar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Questar Ratings Report now.

Lear

Owners of Lear (NYSE: LEA) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $88.60 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for Lear has been 712,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Lear has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Lear Corporation designs, manufactures, assembles, and supplies automotive seating, electrical distribution systems, and related components primarily to automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide. It operates through two segments, Seating and Electrical. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.52.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lear 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Lear 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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