Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday: EDF, BBEP, WRI

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Thursday, Thursday, December 04, 2014, 17 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.4% to 15.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday:

Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Income Fund

Owners of Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Income Fund (NYSE: EDF) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $17.09 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.1%.

The average volume for Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Income Fund has been 65,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stone Harbor Emerging Markets Income Fund has a market cap of $280.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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BreitBurn Energy Partners

Owners of BreitBurn Energy Partners (NASDAQ: BBEP) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $11.30 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 15.7%.

The average volume for BreitBurn Energy Partners has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. BreitBurn Energy Partners has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 46.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P., an independent oil and gas company, acquires, explores, and develops oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and gas properties in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates BreitBurn Energy Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full BreitBurn Energy Partners Ratings Report now.

Weingarten Realty Investors

Owners of Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE: WRI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 32 cents per share. At a price of $35.40 as of 4:05 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.6%.

The average volume for Weingarten Realty Investors has been 720,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Weingarten Realty Investors has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 30.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Weingarten Realty Investors is a publically owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of United States. The firm engages in ownership, management, acquisition, development and redevelopment. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.18.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weingarten Realty Investors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full Weingarten Realty Investors 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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