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Tomorrow, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 34 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 11.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Mesa Royalty

Owners of

Mesa Royalty

(NYSE:

MTR

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $30.30 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.3%.

The average volume for Mesa Royalty has been 19,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mesa Royalty has a market cap of $57.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 44.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Mesa Royalty Trust holds net overriding royalty interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. It has interests in properties located in the Hugoton field of Kansas; the San Juan Basin field of New Mexico and Colorado; and the Yellow Creek field of Wyoming. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.14.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Mesa Royalty

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full

Mesa Royalty Ratings Report

now.

Westamerica Bancorp

Owners of

Westamerica Bancorp

(NASDAQ:

WABC

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 38 cents per share. At a price of $48.48 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for Westamerica Bancorp has been 228,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Westamerica Bancorp has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 14.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Westamerica Bancorporation operates as the bank holding company for Westamerica Bank that provides a range of banking services to corporate and individual customers. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.11.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Westamerica Bancorp

as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income. You can view the full

Westamerica Bancorp Ratings Report

now.

ONEOK Partners

Owners of

ONEOK Partners

(NYSE:

OKS

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 78 cents per share. At a price of $51.99 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.9%.

The average volume for ONEOK Partners has been 561,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. ONEOK Partners has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 1.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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ONEOK Partners, L.P. is engaged in the gathering, processing, storage, and transportation of natural gas in the United States. It operates in three segments: Natural Gas Gathering and Processing, Natural Gas Liquids, and Natural Gas Pipelines. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.91.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ONEOK Partners

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full

ONEOK Partners 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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