Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: WHLR, HQH, CFR

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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:

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

Owners of Wheeler Real Estate Investment (NASDAQ: WHLR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $5.08 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.4%.

The average volume for Wheeler Real Estate Investment has been 21,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Wheeler Real Estate Investment has a market cap of $37.1 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. engages in acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning, and managing real estate properties in the mid-Atlantic, southeast, and southwest United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wheeler Real Estate Investment as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full Wheeler Real Estate Investment Ratings Report now.

H & Q Healthcare Investors

Owners of H & Q Healthcare Investors (NYSE: HQH) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 56 cents per share. At a price of $28.95 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.8%.

The average volume for H & Q Healthcare Investors has been 224,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. H & Q Healthcare Investors has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Cullen/Frost Bankers

Owners of Cullen/Frost Bankers (NYSE: CFR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 51 cents per share. At a price of $79.42 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.6%.

The average volume for Cullen/Frost Bankers has been 257,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cullen/Frost Bankers has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. operates as the holding company for Frost Bank that offers commercial and consumer banking, and other financial products and services primarily in Texas. The company operates in two segments, Banking and Frost Wealth Advisors. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.09.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cullen/Frost Bankers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. You can view the full Cullen/Frost Bankers 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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