Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: JCE, NJR, OCR

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Tomorrow, Thursday, September 18, 2014, 25 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.5% to 13.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Nuveen Core Equity Alpha Fund

Owners of Nuveen Core Equity Alpha Fund (NYSE: JCE) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 39 cents per share. At a price of $17.76 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.8%.

The average volume for Nuveen Core Equity Alpha Fund has been 39,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Core Equity Alpha Fund has a market cap of $283.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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New Jersey Resources Corporation

Owners of New Jersey Resources Corporation (NYSE: NJR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $51.17 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.6%.

The average volume for New Jersey Resources Corporation has been 245,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. New Jersey Resources Corporation has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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New Jersey Resources Corporation, an energy services holding company, provides retail and wholesale natural gas energy services. The company operates through four segments: Natural Gas Distribution, Clean Energy Ventures, Energy Services, and Midstream. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.67.

TheStreet Ratings rates New Jersey Resources Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full New Jersey Resources Corporation Ratings Report now.

Omnicare

Owners of Omnicare (NYSE: OCR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $63.84 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for Omnicare has been 773,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Omnicare has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Omnicare, Inc. operates as a healthcare services company that specializes in the management of pharmaceutical care in the United States and Canada. It operates through two segments, Long-Term Care Group and Specialty Care Group. The company has a P/E ratio of 59.07.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omnicare as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Omnicare 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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