3 Stocks With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: ONB, ASBC, BID

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Tomorrow, Thursday, August 28, 2014, 44 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 8.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Old National Bancorp

Owners of Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $13.45 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.4%.

The average volume for Old National Bancorp has been 638,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Old National Bancorp has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Old National Bancorp operates as the holding company for Old National Bank, which provides various financial services to individual and commercial customers in the United States. It operates in three segments: Banking, Insurance, and Wealth Management. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.24.

TheStreet Ratings rates Old National Bancorp as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Old National Bancorp Ratings Report now.

Associated Banc-Corp

Owners of Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $18.28 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for Associated Banc-Corp has been 964,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Associated Banc-Corp has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Associated Banc-Corp, a bank holding company, offers various banking and nonbanking financial services to individuals and businesses primarily in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.53.

TheStreet Ratings rates Associated Banc-Corp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Associated Banc-Corp Ratings Report now.

Sothebys

Owners of Sothebys (NYSE: BID) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $41.48 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1%.

The average volume for Sothebys has been 1.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Sothebys has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 21.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Sotheby's operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, and jewelry. The company operates in three segments: Agency, Principal, and Finance. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.03.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sothebys as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Sothebys 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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