Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: NUC, UNS, GCI

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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:

Nuveen California Quality Income Municipal

Owners of Nuveen California Quality Income Municipal (NYSE: NUC) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $15.42 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.6%.

The average volume for Nuveen California Quality Income Municipal has been 48,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen California Quality Income Municipal has a market cap of $343.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 14.87.

UNS Energy

Owners of UNS Energy (NYSE: UNS) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 48 cents per share. At a price of $60.58 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for UNS Energy has been 287,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. UNS Energy has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 1.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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UNS Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the electric generation and energy delivery business. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.29.

TheStreet Ratings rates UNS Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full UNS Energy Ratings Report now.

Gannett

Owners of Gannett (NYSE: GCI) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $28.76 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.9%.

The average volume for Gannett has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Gannett has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Gannett Co., Inc. operates as a media and marketing solutions company in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Broadcasting, Publishing, and Digital. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.90.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gannett as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Gannett 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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