Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Friday, Friday, November 28, 2014, 17 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 7.3%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Friday: Xinyuan Real Estate Owners of Xinyuan Real Estate (NYSE: XIN) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $2.72 as of 4:05 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.3%. The average volume for Xinyuan Real Estate has been 292,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Xinyuan Real Estate has a market cap of $206.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 49% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, develops residential real estate properties for middle-income consumers, primarily focusing on selected Tier II and III cities in China. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.53. TheStreet Ratings rates Xinyuan Real Estate as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its attractive valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Xinyuan Real Estate Ratings Report now.
Alon USA Energy Owners of Alon USA Energy (NYSE: ALJ) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 31 cents per share. At a price of $15.63 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%. The average volume for Alon USA Energy has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Alon USA Energy has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Alon USA Energy, Inc. operates as an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products primarily in the South Central, Southwestern, and the Western regions of the United States. The company operates in three segments: Refining and Marketing, Asphalt, and Retail. The company has a P/E ratio of 66.50. TheStreet Ratings rates Alon USA Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Alon USA Energy Ratings Report now.
Gaming and Leisure Properties Owners of Gaming and Leisure Properties (NASDAQ: GLPI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 92 cents per share. At a price of $32.26 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.4%. The average volume for Gaming and Leisure Properties has been 937,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gaming and Leisure Properties has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 36.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.48. 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.