Monday's Ex-Dividends To Watch: CSQ, WRB, GLNG

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Monday, Monday, September 08, 2014, 40 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 8.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund

Owners of Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund (NASDAQ: CSQ) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $12.06 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.2%.

The average volume for Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has been 350,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 13.57.

WR Berkley

Owners of WR Berkley (NYSE: WRB) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $48.25 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for WR Berkley has been 484,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. WR Berkley has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, operates as commercial lines writers primarily in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Insurance-Domestic, Insurance-International, and Reinsurance-Global. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.71.

TheStreet Ratings rates WR Berkley as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full WR Berkley Ratings Report now.

Golar LNG

Owners of Golar LNG (NASDAQ: GLNG) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $58.61 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.9%.

The average volume for Golar LNG has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Golar LNG has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 66.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Golar LNG Limited, a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company, is engaged in the transportation, regasification and liquefaction, and trading of LNG. The company operates in two segments, Vessel Operations and Commodity Trading. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.85.

TheStreet Ratings rates Golar LNG as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. You can view the full Golar LNG 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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