3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: SJT, CCOI, HII

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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:

San Juan Basin Royalty

Owners of San Juan Basin Royalty (NYSE: SJT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $19.10 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.9%.

The average volume for San Juan Basin Royalty has been 81,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. San Juan Basin Royalty has a market cap of $881.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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San Juan Basin Royalty Trust operates as an express trust. The company has a 75% net overriding royalty interest carved out of Burlington's oil and gas leasehold interests (the underlying properties) in properties located in the San Juan Basin in northwestern New Mexico. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.90.

TheStreet Ratings rates San Juan Basin Royalty as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full San Juan Basin Royalty Ratings Report now.

Cogent Communications Holdings

Owners of Cogent Communications Holdings (NASDAQ: CCOI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $34.55 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.5%.

The average volume for Cogent Communications Holdings has been 393,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cogent Communications Holdings has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides high-speed Internet access and Internet protocol communications service. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.21.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cogent Communications Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Cogent Communications Holdings Ratings Report now.

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Owners of Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $102.74 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.8%.

The average volume for Huntington Ingalls Industries has been 328,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Huntington Ingalls Industries has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. is engaged in designing, building, overhauling, and repairing ships primarily for the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. It operates in two segments, Ingalls and Newport News. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.66.

TheStreet Ratings rates Huntington Ingalls Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Huntington Ingalls Industries 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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