Monday, Monday, September 28, 2015, 136 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 18.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Domestic Fu

Owners of

Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Domestic Fu

(NYSE:

EDD

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $7.27 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.1%.

The average volume for Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Domestic Fu has been 373,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Domestic Fu has a market cap of $499.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 31.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Capstead Mortgage

Owners of

Capstead Mortgage

(NYSE:

CMO

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $10.58 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.8%.

The average volume for Capstead Mortgage has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Capstead Mortgage has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Capstead Mortgage Corporation operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.15.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Capstead Mortgage

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full

Capstead Mortgage Ratings Report

now.

Post Properties

Owners of

Post Properties

(NYSE:

PPS

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 44 cents per share. At a price of $58.27 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for Post Properties has been 417,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Post Properties has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Post Properties, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It primarily develops, owns, and manages multi-family apartment communities. Post Properties, Inc. was founded in 1971 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.00.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Post Properties

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, 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

Post Properties 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.