3 Stocks With Upcoming Ex-Dividend Dates: FIG, APU, ISBC

Monday, Monday, August 08, 2016, 22 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 13.3%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Fortress Investment Group

Owners of Fortress Investment Group (NYSE: FIG) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $4.95 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.3%.

The average volume for Fortress Investment Group has been 737,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fortress Investment Group has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Fortress Investment Group LLC is a publicly owned investment manager. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.38.

TheStreet Ratings rates Fortress Investment Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins. You can view the full Fortress Investment Group Ratings Report now.

AmeriGas Partners

Owners of AmeriGas Partners (NYSE: APU) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 94 cents per share. At a price of $48.60 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.7%.

The average volume for AmeriGas Partners has been 251,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. AmeriGas Partners has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 45.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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AmeriGas Partners, L.P. distributes propane and related equipment and supplies in the United States. It serves approximately 2 million residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, wholesale, and motor fuel customers in 50 states through approximately 2,000 propane distribution locations. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.49.

TheStreet Ratings rates AmeriGas Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, expanding profit margins 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 AmeriGas Partners Ratings Report now.

Investors Bancorp

Owners of Investors Bancorp (NASDAQ: ISBC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $11.27 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Investors Bancorp has been 2.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Investors Bancorp has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 8.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Investors Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Investors Bank that provides community banking products and services to individuals and businesses in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.02.

TheStreet Ratings rates Investors Bancorp 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 and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Investors Bancorp 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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