Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: CVRR, FMER, WCN

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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:

CVR Refining

Owners of CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 37 cents per share. At a price of $18.43 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.9%.

The average volume for CVR Refining has been 612,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. CVR Refining has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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CVR Refining, LP operates as a petroleum refiner in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.74.

TheStreet Ratings rates CVR Refining as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full CVR Refining Ratings Report now.

Firstmerit

Owners of Firstmerit (NASDAQ: FMER) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $18.46 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.5%.

The average volume for Firstmerit has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Firstmerit has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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FirstMerit Corporation operates as a bank holding company for FirstMerit Bank, N.A. that provides various banking, fiduciary, financial, insurance, and investment services to corporate, institutional, and individual customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.07.

TheStreet Ratings rates Firstmerit as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Firstmerit Ratings Report now.

Waste Connections

Owners of Waste Connections (NYSE: WCN) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $46.91 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for Waste Connections has been 975,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Waste Connections has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Waste Connections, Inc., an integrated municipal solid waste (MSW) services company, provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.35.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Connections as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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 Waste Connections 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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