Monday, Monday, March 07, 2016, 26 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 23.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Innophos Holdings

Owners of

Innophos Holdings

(NASDAQ:

IPHS

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 48 cents per share. At a price of $28.85 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.7%.

The average volume for Innophos Holdings has been 223,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Innophos Holdings has a market cap of $554.9 million and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Innophos Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces performance-critical and nutritional specialty ingredients with applications in food, beverage, dietary supplements, pharmaceutical, oral care, and industrial end markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.30.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Innophos Holdings

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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

Innophos Holdings Ratings Report

now.

HSN

Owners of

HSN

(NASDAQ:

HSNI

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $54.03 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.6%.

The average volume for HSN has been 295,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. HSN has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are up 6.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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HSN, Inc. operates as an interactive multi-channel retailer in the United States. It operates through two segments, HSN and Cornerstone. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.16.

TheStreet Ratings rates

HSN

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full

HSN Ratings Report

now.

Everest Re Group

At a price of $191.58 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for Everest Re Group has been 317,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Everest Re Group has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Everest Re Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance and insurance products. The company operates through U.S. Reinsurance, International, Bermuda, Insurance, and Mt. Logan Re segments. The U.S. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.68.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Everest Re Group

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full

Everest Re Group 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.