Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: CHY, ROL, MDC

Monday, Monday, February 08, 2016, 26 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1% to 12.9%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Calamos Convertible & High Income Fund

Owners of Calamos Convertible & High Income Fund (NASDAQ: CHY) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $9.46 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.7%.

The average volume for Calamos Convertible & High Income Fund has been 347,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Calamos Convertible & High Income Fund has a market cap of $686.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 6.35.

Rollins

Owners of Rollins (NYSE: ROL) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $26.90 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.5%.

The average volume for Rollins has been 340,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Rollins has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Rollins, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides pest and termite control services to residential and commercial customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.86.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rollins as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. You can view the full Rollins Ratings Report now.

M D C Holdings

Owners of M D C Holdings (NYSE: MDC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $21.38 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.8%.

The average volume for M D C Holdings has been 841,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. M D C Holdings has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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M.D.C. Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.47.

TheStreet Ratings rates M D C Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full M D C Holdings 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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