Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: RGC, ANF, CTL

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Tomorrow, Friday, May 29, 2015, 11 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.2% to 8.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Regal Entertainment Group

Owners of Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $21.59 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.1%.

The average volume for Regal Entertainment Group has been 815,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Regal Entertainment Group has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Regal Entertainment Group, through its subsidiaries, operates as a motion picture exhibitor in the United States. It develops, acquires, and operates multi-screen theatres primarily in mid-sized metropolitan markets and suburban growth areas of larger metropolitan markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.51.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regal Entertainment Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Regal Entertainment Group Ratings Report now.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Owners of Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $21.45 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4%.

The average volume for Abercrombie & Fitch has been 3.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Abercrombie & Fitch has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 31.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Co., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of apparel for men, women, and kids. The company operates through three segments: U.S. Stores, International Stores, and Direct-to-Consumer. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.97.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abercrombie & Fitch as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Abercrombie & Fitch Ratings Report now.

CenturyLink

Owners of CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 54 cents per share. At a price of $33.90 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.4%.

The average volume for CenturyLink has been 4.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. CenturyLink has a market cap of $18.9 billion and is part of the telecommunications industry. Shares are down 14.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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CenturyLink, Inc. provides various communications services to residential, business, governmental, and wholesale customers in the United States. It operates through two segments, Business and Consumer. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.89.

TheStreet Ratings rates CenturyLink 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 lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full CenturyLink 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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