Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: PPR, FICO, APH

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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:

Voya Prime Rate

Owners of Voya Prime Rate (NYSE: PPR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 3 cents per share. At a price of $5.52 as of 9:45 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6%.

The average volume for Voya Prime Rate has been 478,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Voya Prime Rate has a market cap of $820.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 9.74.

Fair Isaac

Owners of Fair Isaac (NYSE: FICO) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 2 cents per share. At a price of $59.22 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.1%.

The average volume for Fair Isaac has been 261,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fair Isaac has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Fair Isaac Corporation and its subsidiaries provide various analytical solutions, credit scoring, and credit account management products and services to banks, credit reporting agencies, credit card processing agencies, insurers, retailers, and healthcare organizations worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.37.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fair Isaac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Fair Isaac Ratings Report now.

Amphenol

Owners of Amphenol (NYSE: APH) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $103.74 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1%.

The average volume for Amphenol has been 520,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Amphenol has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 16.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Amphenol Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets electrical, electronic, and fiber optic connectors; interconnect systems, antennas, sensors, and sensor-based products; and coaxial and specialty cables worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.40.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amphenol as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Amphenol 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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