Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: IRT, CHSP, WPC

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Tomorrow, Friday, June 26, 2015, 128 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 35.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Independence Realty

Owners of Independence Realty (AMEX: IRT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $8.02 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.2%.

The average volume for Independence Realty has been 165,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Independence Realty has a market cap of $250.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 15.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Independence Realty Trust, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust launched by RAIT Financial Trust. It is managed by Independence Realty Advisors, LLC. The fund invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in apartment properties to create its portfolio.

TheStreet Ratings rates Independence Realty as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full Independence Realty Ratings Report now.

Chesapeake Lodging

Owners of Chesapeake Lodging (NYSE: CHSP) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $30.84 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.5%.

The average volume for Chesapeake Lodging has been 394,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Chesapeake Lodging has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 16.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Chesapeake Lodging Trust is a self-advised real estate investment trust organized in the state of Maryland in June 2009. The company focuses on investments primarily in upper-upscale hotels in major business and convention markets and premium select-service hotels in urban settings or unique locations in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.39.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chesapeake Lodging as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Chesapeake Lodging Ratings Report now.

W P Carey

Owners of W P Carey (NYSE: WPC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 95 cents per share. At a price of $60.38 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.2%.

The average volume for W P Carey has been 405,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. W P Carey has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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W. P. Carey Inc. is an independent equity real estate investment trust. The firm also provides long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit financing for companies. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The company has a P/E ratio of 51.54.

TheStreet Ratings rates W P Carey as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full W P Carey 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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