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. Tomorrow, Thursday, January 29, 2015, 37 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 24.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: Legacy Reserves Owners of Legacy Reserves (NASDAQ: LGCY) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 61 cents per share. At a price of $10.71 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 24.4%. The average volume for Legacy Reserves has been 903,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Legacy Reserves has a market cap of $687.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Legacy Reserves LP owns and operates oil and natural gas properties in the United States. TheStreet Ratings rates Legacy Reserves as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Legacy Reserves Ratings Report now.
Graham Holdings At a price of $935.04 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%. The average volume for Graham Holdings has been 24,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Graham Holdings has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Graham Holdings Company, through its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified education and media company worldwide. It operates in three segments: Kaplan Higher Education (KHE), Kaplan Test Preparation (KTP), and Kaplan International. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.78. TheStreet Ratings rates Graham Holdings as a buy. 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Graham Holdings Ratings Report now.
Alliant Techsystems Owners of Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 32 cents per share. At a price of $131.74 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1%. The average volume for Alliant Techsystems has been 338,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Alliant Techsystems has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 13% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Alliant Techsystems Inc. develops and produces aerospace, defense, and commercial products to the U.S. government, allied nations, and prime contractors in the United States, Puerto Rico, and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.22. TheStreet Ratings rates Alliant Techsystems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Alliant Techsystems 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.