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. Tomorrow, Thursday, March 05, 2015, 26 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 13.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: AMC Entertainment Holdings Owners of AMC Entertainment Holdings (NYSE: AMC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $34.85 as of 12:14 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.3%. The average volume for AMC Entertainment Holdings has been 315,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. AMC Entertainment Holdings has a market cap of $759.7 million and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 33.2% 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. AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a theatrical exhibition company in the United States and internationally. As of August 18, 2014, it had 342 locations and 4,968 screens primarily in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 54.22. TheStreet Ratings rates AMC Entertainment Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full AMC Entertainment Holdings Ratings Report now.
Fair Isaac Owners of Fair Isaac (NYSE: FICO) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 2 cents per share. At a price of $85.05 as of 12:16 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.1%. The average volume for Fair Isaac has been 234,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fair Isaac has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 18.9% 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. Fair Isaac Corporation provides analytic, software, and data management products and services that enable businesses to automate, enhance, and connect decisions to enhance business performance worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.51. TheStreet Ratings rates Fair Isaac as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Fair Isaac Ratings Report now.
Semgroup Owners of Semgroup (NYSE: SEMG) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $79.26 as of 12:16 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%. The average volume for Semgroup has been 566,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Semgroup has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 17.3% 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. SemGroup Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides gathering, transportation, storage, distribution, marketing, and other midstream services. It operates through six segments: Crude, SemStream, SemLogistics, SemCAMS, SemMexico, and SemGas. The company has a P/E ratio of 114.34. TheStreet Ratings rates Semgroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Semgroup 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.