3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: AT, EPR, TEG

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 91 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 12.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Atlantic Power

Owners of Atlantic Power (NYSE: AT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 3 cents per share. At a price of $4.02 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.5%.

The average volume for Atlantic Power has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Atlantic Power has a market cap of $467.2 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Atlantic Power Corporation owns and operates a fleet of power generation assets in the United States and Canada.

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

EPR Properties

Owners of EPR Properties (NYSE: EPR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 28 cents per share. At a price of $57.13 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.1%.

The average volume for EPR Properties has been 302,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. EPR Properties has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 15.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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EPR Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT), develops, owns, leases, and finances entertainment and related properties in the United States and Canada. Its properties include megaplex theatres, entertainment retail centers, and destination recreational and specialty properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.85.

TheStreet Ratings rates EPR Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. 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 EPR Properties Ratings Report now.

Integrys Energy Group

Owners of Integrys Energy Group (NYSE: TEG) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 68 cents per share. At a price of $67.50 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.1%.

The average volume for Integrys Energy Group has been 631,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Integrys Energy Group has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Integrys Energy Group, Inc. operates as a diversified energy holding company with regulated natural gas and electric utility operations in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.34.

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