Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: NSH, ARP, CAKE

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Monday, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 15 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 14.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

NuStar GP Holdings

Owners of NuStar GP Holdings (NYSE: NSH) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 54 cents per share. At a price of $42.25 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.1%.

The average volume for NuStar GP Holdings has been 212,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. NuStar GP Holdings has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 50.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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NuStar GP Holdings, LLC, through its ownership interests in NuStar Energy L.P., is engaged in the terminalling and storage of petroleum products; transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia; and marketing of petroleum products.

TheStreet Ratings rates NuStar GP Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. You can view the full NuStar GP Holdings Ratings Report now.

Atlas Resource Partners

Owners of Atlas Resource Partners (NYSE: ARP) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $19.98 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.4%.

The average volume for Atlas Resource Partners has been 832,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atlas Resource Partners has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. operates as an independent developer and producer of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Gas and Oil Production, Well Construction and Completion, and Other Partnership Management.

TheStreet Ratings rates Atlas Resource Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full Atlas Resource Partners Ratings Report now.

Cheesecake Factory

Owners of Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $43.00 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for Cheesecake Factory has been 711,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cheesecake Factory has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are down 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated owns and operates casual dining and full-service restaurants. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.61.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cheesecake Factory 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Cheesecake Factory 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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