Tuesday, Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 166 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 17.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday:

OHA Investment

Owners of

OHA Investment

(NASDAQ:

OHAI

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $4.28 as of 12:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.6%.

The average volume for OHA Investment has been 44,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. OHA Investment has a market cap of $76.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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OHA Investment Corporation is a business development company specializing in investments in small and mid size and middle market private companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.58.

TheStreet Ratings rates

OHA Investment

as a

sell

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

OHA Investment Ratings Report

now.

Avenue Income Credit Strategies Fund

Owners of

Avenue Income Credit Strategies Fund

(NYSE:

ACP

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $11.66 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.3%.

The average volume for Avenue Income Credit Strategies Fund has been 78,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Avenue Income Credit Strategies Fund has a market cap of $153.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 22.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Ashford Hospitality

Owners of

Ashford Hospitality

(NYSE:

AHT

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $6.28 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.6%.

The average volume for Ashford Hospitality has been 871,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ashford Hospitality has a market cap of $604.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 39.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment and management of properties in the hospitality industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.66.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ashford Hospitality

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Ashford Hospitality 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.