Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: GAIN, MINI, BWC

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Monday, Monday, August 18, 2014, 27 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1% to 9.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Gladstone Investment Corporation

Owners of Gladstone Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: GAIN) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $7.54 as of 9:39 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.5%.

The average volume for Gladstone Investment Corporation has been 258,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Investment Corporation has a market cap of $200.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Gladstone Investment Corporation is a business development company specializing in buyout, recapitalization, and changes in control investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.39.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gladstone Investment Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has experienced relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. You can view the full Gladstone Investment Corporation Ratings Report now.

Mobile Mini

Owners of Mobile Mini (NASDAQ: MINI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $40.36 as of 9:38 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Mobile Mini has been 234,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mobile Mini has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Mobile Mini, Inc. provides lease portable storage solutions primarily in North America and the United Kingdom. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.16.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mobile Mini 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Mobile Mini Ratings Report now.

Babcock & Wilcox

Owners of Babcock & Wilcox (NYSE: BWC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $28.54 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Babcock & Wilcox has been 853,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Babcock & Wilcox has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The Babcock & Wilcox Company operates as a specialty constructor of nuclear components for customers in the power and other steam-using industries. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.75.

TheStreet Ratings rates Babcock & Wilcox as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Babcock & Wilcox 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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