Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday: ROYT, MPW, FNV

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Tuesday, Tuesday, December 02, 2014, 14 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.6% to 10.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday:

Pacific Coast Oil

Owners of Pacific Coast Oil (NYSE: ROYT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $8.12 as of 1:03 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.1%.

The average volume for Pacific Coast Oil has been 296,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pacific Coast Oil has a market cap of $335.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 31.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 5.47.

Medical Properties

Owners of Medical Properties (NYSE: MPW) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $13.86 as of 1:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.1%.

The average volume for Medical Properties has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Medical Properties has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Medical Properties Trust, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It acquires, develops, and invests in healthcare facilities; and leases healthcare facilities to healthcare operating companies and healthcare providers. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.83.

TheStreet Ratings rates Medical Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Medical Properties Ratings Report now.

Franco-Nevada

Owners of Franco-Nevada (NYSE: FNV) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $50.02 as of 1:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for Franco-Nevada has been 880,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Franco-Nevada has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 34.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Franco-Nevada Corporation operates as a gold-focused royalty and stream company in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Africa. The company also has interests in platinum group metal, oil and gas, and other resource properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 322.24.

TheStreet Ratings rates Franco-Nevada as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and premium valuation. You can view the full Franco-Nevada 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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