Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: CSQ, PAG, AWK

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Tomorrow, Thursday, November 06, 2014, 71 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 20.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

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 $11.80 as of 10:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.4%.

The average volume for Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has been 394,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 13.28.

Penske Automotive Group

Owners of Penske Automotive Group (NYSE: PAG) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $46.25 as of 10:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Penske Automotive Group has been 438,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Penske Automotive Group has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Penske Automotive Group, Inc. operates as an automotive retailer. The company operates through two segments, Retail and Other. It sells new and used motor vehicles of approximately 35 brands. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.29.

TheStreet Ratings rates Penske Automotive Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. 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 Penske Automotive Group Ratings Report now.

American Water Works

Owners of American Water Works (NYSE: AWK) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 31 cents per share. At a price of $52.80 as of 10:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%.

The average volume for American Water Works has been 647,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. American Water Works has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 24.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. The company's Regulated Businesses segment offers water and wastewater services to approximately 1,500 communities in 16 states. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.45.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Water Works as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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 American Water Works 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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