Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 27 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.7% to 9.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Whitestone REIT

Owners of

Whitestone REIT

(NYSE:

WSR

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $12.36 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.1%.

The average volume for Whitestone REIT has been 174,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whitestone REIT has a market cap of $332.1 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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WhiteStone REIT is a Maryland REIT engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in major metropolitan areas. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.04.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Whitestone REIT

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share 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 and deteriorating net income. You can view the full

Whitestone REIT Ratings Report

now.

AmTrust Financial Services

Owners of

AmTrust Financial Services

(NASDAQ:

AFSI

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $25.79 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.4%.

The average volume for AmTrust Financial Services has been 889,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. AmTrust Financial Services has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are down 16% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, underwrites and provides property and casualty insurance in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Small Commercial Business; Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty; and Specialty Program. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.13.

TheStreet Ratings rates

AmTrust Financial Services

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full

AmTrust Financial Services Ratings Report

now.

Dupont Fabros Technology

Owners of

Dupont Fabros Technology

(NYSE:

DFT

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 47 cents per share. At a price of $40.25 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.8%.

The average volume for Dupont Fabros Technology has been 875,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dupont Fabros Technology has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 26.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, operation, management, and lease of large-scale data center facilities in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Dupont Fabros Technology

as a

hold

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

Dupont Fabros Technology 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.