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:

Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund

Owners of

Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund

(AMEX:

CFD

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $10.38 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.5%.

The average volume for Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund has been 34,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Diversified Commodity Fund has a market cap of $94.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 18.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Altisource Residential Corporation

Owners of

Altisource Residential Corporation

(NYSE:

RESI

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 55 cents per share. At a price of $16.67 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13%.

The average volume for Altisource Residential Corporation has been 414,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Altisource Residential Corporation has a market cap of $966.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Altisource Residential Corporation, through its subsidiary, Altisource Residential, L.P., focuses on acquiring, owning, and managing single-family rental properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.33.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Altisource Residential Corporation

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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full

Altisource Residential Corporation Ratings Report

now.

Corporate Office Properties

Owners of

Corporate Office Properties

(NYSE:

OFC

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 28 cents per share. At a price of $21.21 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.1%.

The average volume for Corporate Office Properties has been 884,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Corporate Office Properties has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 25.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Corporate Office Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, management, and leasing of suburban office properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.78.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Corporate Office Properties

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. You can view the full

Corporate Office 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.