Tomorrow's Ex-Dividends To Watch: WMC, CVA, CM

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Tomorrow, Thursday, June 25, 2015, 7 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 2% to 17.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Western Asset Mortgage Capital

Owners of Western Asset Mortgage Capital (NYSE: WMC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 64 cents per share. At a price of $15.36 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 17.5%.

The average volume for Western Asset Mortgage Capital has been 502,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Western Asset Mortgage Capital has a market cap of $648.1 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. It primarily focuses on investing in, financing, and managing agency and non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities and commercial mortgage-backed securities. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.64.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Asset Mortgage Capital as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its poor profit margins. You can view the full Western Asset Mortgage Capital Ratings Report now.

Covanta

Owners of Covanta (NYSE: CVA) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $22.33 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.5%.

The average volume for Covanta has been 667,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Covanta has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Covanta Holding Corporation provides waste and energy services to municipal entities primarily worldwide. It owns and operates infrastructure for the conversion of waste to energy, as well as engages in other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses.

TheStreet Ratings rates Covanta as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full Covanta Ratings Report now.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Owners of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE: CM) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 88 cents per share. At a price of $76.95 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.6%.

The average volume for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has been 290,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has a market cap of $30.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, a diversified financial institution, provides various financial products and services to individuals and small businesses, and commercial, corporate, and institutional clients in Canada and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.48.

TheStreet Ratings rates Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. You can view the full Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce 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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