Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday: CWT, PNM, LAZ

Thursday, Thursday, August 04, 2016, 32 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 14.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday:

California Water Service Group

Owners of California Water Service Group (NYSE: CWT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $33.97 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for California Water Service Group has been 276,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. California Water Service Group has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 45% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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California Water Service Group, through its subsidiaries, provides water utility and other related services in California, Washington, New Mexico, and Hawaii. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.89.

TheStreet Ratings rates California Water Service Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full California Water Service Group Ratings Report now.

PNM Resources

Owners of PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $34.47 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.6%.

The average volume for PNM Resources has been 538,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. PNM Resources has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 12.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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PNM Resources, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates in the energy and energy-related businesses in the United States. The company is primarily involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. The company has a P/E ratio of 226.67.

TheStreet Ratings rates PNM Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full PNM Resources Ratings Report now.

Lazard

Owners of Lazard (NYSE: LAZ) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 38 cents per share. At a price of $35.16 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.4%.

The average volume for Lazard has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Lazard has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Lazard Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.61.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lazard as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Lazard 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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