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Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 69 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 11.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Xinyuan Real Estate

Owners of

Xinyuan Real Estate

(NYSE:

XIN

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $2.80 as of 9:51 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.4%.

The average volume for Xinyuan Real Estate has been 201,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Xinyuan Real Estate has a market cap of $222.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 20.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, develops residential real estate properties for middle-income consumers, primarily focusing on selected Tier II and III cities in China. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.74.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Xinyuan Real Estate

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its attractive valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Xinyuan Real Estate Ratings Report

now.

Deutsche Municipal Income

Owners of

Deutsche Municipal Income

(NYSE:

KTF

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $13.76 as of 9:48 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.1%.

The average volume for Deutsche Municipal Income has been 77,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Deutsche Municipal Income has a market cap of $542.0 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 16.05.

Golub Capital BDC

Owners of

Golub Capital BDC

(NASDAQ:

GBDC

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 32 cents per share. At a price of $17.57 as of 9:56 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.3%.

The average volume for Golub Capital BDC has been 153,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Golub Capital BDC has a market cap of $831.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Golub Capital BDC, Inc. is a business development company and operates as an externally managed closed-end non-diversified management investment company. It invests in debt and minority equity investments in middle-market companies that are, in most cases, sponsored by private equity investors. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.42.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Golub Capital BDC

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Golub Capital BDC 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.

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