Tuesday's Ex-Dividends To Watch: BLKB, HEES, CHE

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Tuesday, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 13 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 7.9%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday:

Blackbaud

Owners of Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $51.94 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for Blackbaud has been 182,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Blackbaud has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the computer software & services industry. Shares are up 20.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Blackbaud, Inc. provides software solutions and related services for nonprofit, charitable giving, and education communities worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 83.02.

TheStreet Ratings rates Blackbaud as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full Blackbaud Ratings Report now.

H&E Equipment Services

Owners of H&E Equipment Services (NASDAQ: HEES) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $25.08 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4%.

The average volume for H&E Equipment Services has been 484,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. H&E Equipment Services has a market cap of $875.5 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 9.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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H&E Equipment Services, Inc. operates as an integrated equipment services company. The company rents, sells, and provides parts and service support for hi-lift or aerial work platform equipment, crane, earthmoving equipment, and industrial lift truck categories. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.34.

TheStreet Ratings rates H&E Equipment Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full H&E Equipment Services Ratings Report now.

Chemed

Owners of Chemed (NYSE: CHE) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $122.70 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.7%.

The average volume for Chemed has been 152,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Chemed has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 17.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Chemed Corporation provides hospice and palliative care services in the United States. It operates in two segments, VITAS and Roto-Rooter. The company offers its services to patients through a network of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy, and volunteers. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.18.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chemed 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Chemed 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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