Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: VNRAP, SLGN, BID

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Tomorrow, Thursday, May 28, 2015, 57 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 12.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Vanguard Natural Resources

Owners of Vanguard Natural Resources (NASDAQ: VNRAP) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $24.75 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8%.

The average volume for Vanguard Natural Resources has been 15,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Vanguard Natural Resources has a market cap of $62.9 million 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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Silgan Holdings

Owners of Silgan Holdings (NASDAQ: SLGN) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $54.86 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for Silgan Holdings has been 239,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Silgan Holdings has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Silgan Holdings Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells rigid packaging for shelf-stable food and other consumer goods products worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Metal Containers, Closures, and Plastic Containers. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.11.

TheStreet Ratings rates Silgan Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, notable return on equity 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 Silgan Holdings Ratings Report now.

Sothebys

Owners of Sothebys (NYSE: BID) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $44.50 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for Sothebys has been 747,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sothebys has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 3.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Sotheby's operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, and jewelry in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France, Switzerland, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Agency, Principal, and Finance. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.66.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sothebys as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 Sothebys 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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