Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: VLCCF, MTX, CNK

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 6.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Knightsbridge Tankers

Owners of Knightsbridge Tankers (NASDAQ: VLCCF) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $12.20 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.4%.

The average volume for Knightsbridge Tankers has been 556,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Knightsbridge Tankers has a market cap of $617.0 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 33.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Knightsbridge Tankers Limited, a shipping company, is engaged in the seaborne transportation of dry bulk cargoes worldwide. As of May 09, 2014, it owned and operated a fleet of five Capesize dry bulk carriers. The company was founded in 1996 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda. The company has a P/E ratio of 89.71.

TheStreet Ratings rates Knightsbridge Tankers as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. You can view the full Knightsbridge Tankers Ratings Report now.

Minerals Technologies

Owners of Minerals Technologies (NYSE: MTX) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $62.56 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.3%.

The average volume for Minerals Technologies has been 158,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Minerals Technologies has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Minerals Technologies Inc., a resource and technology based company, develops, produces, and markets various specialty mineral, mineral-based, and synthetic mineral products, and supporting systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.31.

TheStreet Ratings rates Minerals Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Minerals Technologies Ratings Report now.

Cinemark Holdings

Owners of Cinemark Holdings (NYSE: CNK) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $35.90 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Cinemark Holdings has been 652,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cinemark Holdings has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 7.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Cinemark Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in motion picture exhibition business. The company operates theatres in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.59.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cinemark Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Cinemark Holdings 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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