Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Second Week of August


Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called 'Buying Dividends,' also commonly referred to as 'Dividend Capture.' This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend. This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets.

In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date. The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, and the yield.

Xilinx XLNX 4-Aug 2.8%
West Bancorporation WTBA 4-Aug 3.3%
Westfield Financial WFD 4-Aug 3.4%
MDC Holdings MDC 4-Aug 3.6%
Dime Bancorp DCOM  4-Aug 3.7%
Wayside Technology Group WSTG 4-Aug 3.9%

 The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found at (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn't show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at or Most of the lists are free. 

Dividend definitions:

Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

Record date: the day when you must be on the company's books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

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Don't forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.

4 High Yield Stocks Selling Below 10 per Share

Many investors love low price stocks. They believe that the percentage gain potential on these stocks is much greater. In a way, it's true. The potential gain of a stock going from $50 a share to $100 a share is 100%. The potential gain of a stock going from $10 to $100 is 900%. Yet, what is important is what are the chances of getting that potential gain.

In any case, there are thousands of low price stocks to choose from, and many of them pay dividends. This is a good thing, as the dividends can help reduce volatility and returns your capital faster.

Here are four stocks selling for less than ten dollars a share, that have high yields and reasonable price to earnings ratios.

CTC Media (CTCM) is a Russian entertainment company which operates three television networks, and closed at 9.38 per share today. The dividends are paid quarterly and the stock provides investors with a yield of 6.6%. The stock trades at 9.5 times trailing earnings and 10.5 times forward earnings. Earnings rose 9.2% for the latest quarter.

If you would rather not invest in a Russian stock, there is PDL BioPharma (PDLI), based in Nevada, selling at 9.40. The company manages patents and royalties relating to monoclonal antibodies. Trailing price to earnings ratio is 5.4 and forward PE is 4.6. The stock yields 6.1%.

Valley National Bank (VLY) which is a New Jersey based company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange at 9.67 a share, pays dividends quarterly and yields 4.4%. Trailing PE is 14.4 and the forward PE is 15.1.

Star Gas Partners (SGU) is a master limited partnership in heating oil and propane distribution. The stock, which trades at 6.35, yields 5.7%. The stock trades at 8.4 times earnings.

If you enjoy reading about stock lists like this, you should check out the various lists of stocks in various industries at Most of the lists are free.

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.


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