Monday's Ex-Dividends To Watch: MCC, DNB, RE

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Monday, Monday, August 25, 2014, 13 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 11.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Medley Capital

Owners of Medley Capital (NYSE: MCC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 37 cents per share. At a price of $13.08 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.1%.

The average volume for Medley Capital has been 572,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Medley Capital has a market cap of $694.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Medley Capital Corporation is a business development company. The fund seeks to invest in privately negotiated debt and equity securities of small and middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.36.

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

Dun & Bradstreet

Owners of Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 44 cents per share. At a price of $118.62 as of 9:38 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for Dun & Bradstreet has been 325,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dun & Bradstreet has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation provides commercial data, analytics, and insight on businesses or content worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.00.

TheStreet Ratings rates Dun & Bradstreet as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. You can view the full Dun & Bradstreet Ratings Report now.

Everest Re Group

Owners of Everest Re Group (NYSE: RE) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 75 cents per share. At a price of $163.32 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for Everest Re Group has been 320,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Everest Re Group has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Everest Re Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance and insurance products. It operates through the U.S. Reinsurance, Insurance, International, Bermuda, and Mt. Logan Re segments. The U.S. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.56.

TheStreet Ratings rates Everest Re Group 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, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. 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 Everest Re Group 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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