Ex-Dividends To Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday: UAN, NTRI, LSTR

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:

CVR Partners

Owners of CVR Partners (NYSE: UAN) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $7.48 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.5%.

The average volume for CVR Partners has been 247,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. CVR Partners has a market cap of $844.0 million and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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CVR Partners, LP produces, distributes, and markets nitrogen fertilizer products in North America. It provides ammonia products for industrial and agricultural customers; and urea ammonium nitrate products for agricultural customers. CVR GP, LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company has a P/E ratio of 93.12.

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

Nutrisystem

Owners of Nutrisystem (NASDAQ: NTRI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $29.54 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for Nutrisystem has been 368,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nutrisystem has a market cap of $874.3 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 36.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Nutrisystem, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides weight management products and services for women and men in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.44.

TheStreet Ratings rates Nutrisystem as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. You can view the full Nutrisystem Ratings Report now.

Landstar System

Owners of Landstar System (NASDAQ: LSTR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $69.68 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.5%.

The average volume for Landstar System has been 353,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Landstar System has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 20.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Landstar System, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated transportation management solutions in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Transportation Logistics and Insurance. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.76.

TheStreet Ratings rates Landstar System as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Landstar System 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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