Monday's Ex-Dividends To Watch: VOC, ATR, WNR

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Monday, Monday, July 28, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 7 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.8% to 9.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

VOC Energy

Owners of VOC Energy (NYSE: VOC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 39 cents per share. At a price of $16.19 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.6%.

The average volume for VOC Energy has been 91,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. VOC Energy has a market cap of $276.9 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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VOC Energy Trust acquires and holds a term net profits interest of the net proceeds from production and sale of the interests in oil and natural gas properties in the states of Kansas and Texas. It has an 80% term net profits interest of the net proceeds on the underlying properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.19.

TheStreet Ratings rates VOC Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. You can view the full VOC Energy Ratings Report now.

AptarGroup

Owners of AptarGroup (NYSE: ATR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 28 cents per share. At a price of $63.60 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for AptarGroup has been 192,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. AptarGroup has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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AptarGroup, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells consumer product dispensing systems in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The company operates in three segments: Beauty + Home, Pharma, and Food + Beverage. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.58.

TheStreet Ratings rates AptarGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full AptarGroup Ratings Report now.

Western Refining

Owners of Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $41.79 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%.

The average volume for Western Refining has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Western Refining has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Western Refining, Inc. operates as an independent crude oil refiner and marketer of refined products. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.34.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Refining as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. 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 Western Refining 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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