Monday, Monday, December 14, 2015, 23 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 22.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Credit Suisse High Yield Bond Fund

Owners of

Credit Suisse High Yield Bond Fund

(AMEX:

DHY

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 2 cents per share. At a price of $2.26 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.6%.

The average volume for Credit Suisse High Yield Bond Fund has been 295,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Credit Suisse High Yield Bond Fund has a market cap of $228.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 18.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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New Mountain Finance

Owners of

New Mountain Finance

(NYSE:

NMFC

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $13.60 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.9%.

The average volume for New Mountain Finance has been 322,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. New Mountain Finance has a market cap of $882.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 8.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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New Mountain Finance Corporation is a Business Development Company specializing in investments in middle market companies and debt securities at various levels of the capital structure, including first and second lien debt, unsecured notes, bonds, and mezzanine securities. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.57.

TheStreet Ratings rates

New Mountain Finance

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full

New Mountain Finance Ratings Report

now.

Belden

Owners of

Belden

(NYSE:

BDC

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $51.00 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.4%.

The average volume for Belden has been 262,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Belden has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 34.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets signal transmission solutions for use in broadcast, enterprise, and industrial applications worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 69.57.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Belden

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Belden 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.