Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: COTY, CUBE, LPT

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Monday, Monday, September 29, 2014, 29 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.7% to 10.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Coty

Owners of Coty (NYSE: COTY) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $16.91 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for Coty has been 660,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Coty has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Coty Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of women's and men's fragrances, color cosmetics, and skin and body care related products worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates Coty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk. You can view the full Coty Ratings Report now.

CubeSmart

Owners of CubeSmart (NYSE: CUBE) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $17.86 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.9%.

The average volume for CubeSmart has been 929,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. CubeSmart has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 12.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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CubeSmart is a self-administered and self-managed real estate company focused on the ownership, operation, acquisition and development of self-storage facilities in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 149.67.

TheStreet Ratings rates CubeSmart as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. You can view the full CubeSmart Ratings Report now.

Liberty Property

Owners of Liberty Property (NYSE: LPT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 48 cents per share. At a price of $33.46 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.6%.

The average volume for Liberty Property has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Liberty Property has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Liberty Property Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment holding trust. Through its subsidiary, it provides leasing, property management, development, acquisition, and other tenant-related services for a portfolio of industrial and office properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.25.

TheStreet Ratings rates Liberty Property as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full Liberty Property 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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