3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: HRZN, PFLT, WST

Monday, Monday, April 18, 2016, 5 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.7% to 11.9%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Horizon Technology Finance

Owners of Horizon Technology Finance (NASDAQ: HRZN) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $11.63 as of 3:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.9%.

The average volume for Horizon Technology Finance has been 61,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Horizon Technology Finance has a market cap of $133.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Horizon Technology Finance Corporation specializes in lending and and investing in development-stage companies in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.09.

TheStreet Ratings rates Horizon Technology Finance as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Horizon Technology Finance Ratings Report now.

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital

Owners of PennantPark Floating Rate Capital (NASDAQ: PFLT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $11.80 as of 3:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.6%.

The average volume for PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has been 101,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. PennantPark Floating Rate Capital has a market cap of $315.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. is a business development company. It seeks to make secondary direct, debt, equity, and loan investments. The fund seeks to invest through floating rate loans in private or thinly traded or small market-cap, public middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.57.

TheStreet Ratings rates PennantPark Floating Rate Capital as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ratings Report now.

West Pharmaceutical Services

Owners of West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE: WST) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $68.89 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.7%.

The average volume for West Pharmaceutical Services has been 386,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. West Pharmaceutical Services has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 15.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells packaging and delivery systems in the United States, Germany, France, Other European countries, and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 53.37.

TheStreet Ratings rates West Pharmaceutical Services as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full West Pharmaceutical Services 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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