3 Stocks With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: HCAP, TICC, GES

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Monday, Monday, December 15, 2014, 26 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 13.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Harvest Capital Credit

Owners of Harvest Capital Credit (NASDAQ: HCAP) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $11.65 as of 3:29 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.2%.

The average volume for Harvest Capital Credit has been 20,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Harvest Capital Credit has a market cap of $74.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 20.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Harvest Capital Credit LLC is a business development company providing structured credit to small businesses. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.11.

TheStreet Ratings rates Harvest Capital Credit as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. You can view the full Harvest Capital Credit Ratings Report now.

TICC Capital

Owners of TICC Capital (NASDAQ: TICC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 29 cents per share. At a price of $8.25 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.5%.

The average volume for TICC Capital has been 420,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. TICC Capital has a market cap of $517.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TICC Capital Corp., a business development company, operates as a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The firm invests in both public and private companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.81.

TheStreet Ratings rates TICC Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full TICC Capital Ratings Report now.

Guess

Owners of Guess (NYSE: GES) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $20.58 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for Guess has been 919,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Guess has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 34.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Guess , Inc. designs, markets, distributes, and licenses lifestyle collections of contemporary apparel and accessories for men, women, and children that reflect the American lifestyle and European fashion sensibilities. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.11.

TheStreet Ratings rates Guess as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. 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 disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Guess 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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