Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Friday: VNRAP, PEI, TGI

Friday, Friday, February 26, 2016, 48 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 36.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Friday:

Vanguard Natural Resources

Owners of Vanguard Natural Resources (NASDAQ: VNRAP) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $9.68 as of 3:46 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 21.3%.

The average volume for Vanguard Natural Resources has been 39,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Vanguard Natural Resources has a market cap of $23.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 16.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment

Owners of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment (NYSE: PEI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $19.00 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.5%.

The average volume for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment has been 602,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm manages owns, manages, develops, acquires, and leases mall and power and strip centers primarily in the Eastern United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Ratings Report now.

Triumph Group

Owners of Triumph Group (NYSE: TGI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $29.46 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.5%.

The average volume for Triumph Group has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Triumph Group has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are down 26.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Triumph Group, Inc. designs, engineers, manufactures, repairs, overhauls, and distributes aero structures, aircraft components, accessories, subassemblies, and systems worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.23.

TheStreet Ratings rates Triumph Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Triumph Group 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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