3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: CFD, STAG, DEI

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Tomorrow, Friday, September 26, 2014, 118 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 36.3%. 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 Diversified Commodity Fund

Owners of Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund (AMEX: CFD) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $13.70 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.4%.

The average volume for Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund has been 47,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund has a market cap of $125.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 9.47.

Stag Industrial

Owners of Stag Industrial (NYSE: STAG) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $20.82 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.3%.

The average volume for Stag Industrial has been 341,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stag Industrial has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 2.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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STAG Industrial, Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of United States. It is engaged in investment and management of real estate assets. STAG Industrial, Inc. was founded on July 21, 2010 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stag Industrial as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Stag Industrial Ratings Report now.

Douglas Emmett

Owners of Douglas Emmett (NYSE: DEI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $25.91 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1%.

The average volume for Douglas Emmett has been 641,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Douglas Emmett has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Douglas Emmett, Inc., a real estate investment trust, owns and operates office and multifamily properties in California and Hawaii. As of December 31, 2007, the company's office portfolio consisted of 48 properties and multifamily portfolio consisted of 9 properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 84.29.

TheStreet Ratings rates Douglas Emmett as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. You can view the full Douglas Emmett 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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