Tuesday's Ex-Dividends To Watch: CGO, PPR, GVA

Tuesday, Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 166 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 17.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday:

Calamos Global Total Return Fund

Owners of Calamos Global Total Return Fund (NASDAQ: CGO) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $11.42 as of 12:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.6%.

The average volume for Calamos Global Total Return Fund has been 33,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Calamos Global Total Return Fund has a market cap of $96.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Voya Prime Rate

Owners of Voya Prime Rate (NYSE: PPR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 3 cents per share. At a price of $4.98 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.3%.

The average volume for Voya Prime Rate has been 400,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Voya Prime Rate has a market cap of $740.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 8.79.

Granite Construction

Owners of Granite Construction (NYSE: GVA) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $43.06 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.2%.

The average volume for Granite Construction has been 242,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Granite Construction has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Granite Construction Incorporated operates as a heavy civil contractor and a construction materials producer in the United States. The company operates through Construction, Large Project Construction, and Construction Materials segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.26.

TheStreet Ratings rates Granite Construction as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Granite Construction 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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