3 Stocks With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: SYA, ERF, STE

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Monday, Monday, November 24, 2014, 22 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 12.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Symetra Financial

Owners of Symetra Financial (NYSE: SYA) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $22.89 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for Symetra Financial has been 445,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Symetra Financial has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 19.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Symetra Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides products and services that serve the retirement, employee benefits, and life insurance markets in the United States and the District of Columbia. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.58.

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

Enerplus

Owners of Enerplus (NYSE: ERF) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $16.08 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.3%.

The average volume for Enerplus has been 994,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Enerplus has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Enerplus Corporation, together with subsidiaries, is engaged in the exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas in the United States and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.66.

TheStreet Ratings rates Enerplus as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Enerplus Ratings Report now.

Steris

Owners of Steris (NYSE: STE) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $61.86 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for Steris has been 498,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Steris has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 29.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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STERIS Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets infection prevention, contamination control, microbial reduction, and procedural support products and services for healthcare, pharmaceutical, scientific, research, industrial, and governmental customers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.19.

TheStreet Ratings rates Steris as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Steris 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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