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, February 26, 2015, 61 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 11.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: AuRico Gold Owners of AuRico Gold (NYSE: AUQ) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 2 cents per share. At a price of $3.44 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%. The average volume for AuRico Gold has been 4.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. AuRico Gold has a market cap of $831.3 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 2.7% 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. AuRico Gold Inc. operates as a gold producer with mines and projects in North America. TheStreet Ratings rates AuRico Gold as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income. You can view the full AuRico Gold Ratings Report now.
NRG Yield Owners of NRG Yield (NYSE: NYLD) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 39 cents per share. At a price of $54.35 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.9%. The average volume for NRG Yield has been 431,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. NRG Yield has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 15.2% 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. NRG Yield, Inc., through its subsidiaries, acquires, owns, and operates contracted renewable and conventional generation, and thermal infrastructure assets in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.68. TheStreet Ratings rates NRG Yield as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally high debt management risk. You can view the full NRG Yield Ratings Report now.
Interpublic Group of Companies Owners of Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $22.48 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%. The average volume for Interpublic Group of Companies has been 3.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Interpublic Group of Companies has a market cap of $9.4 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 8.2% 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. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides advertising and marketing services worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Integrated Agency Networks and Constituency Management Group. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.10. TheStreet Ratings rates Interpublic Group of Companies 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, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Interpublic Group of Companies 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.