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:

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment

Owners of

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment

(NYSE:

CHMI

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 49 cents per share. At a price of $16.55 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.8%.

The average volume for Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment has been 20,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment has a market cap of $124.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation, a residential real estate finance company, acquires, invests in, and manages residential mortgage assets in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.27.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment

as a

sell

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

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Ratings Report

now.

American Capital Mortgage Investment

Owners of

American Capital Mortgage Investment

(NASDAQ:

MTGE

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $15.35 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.4%.

The average volume for American Capital Mortgage Investment has been 437,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. American Capital Mortgage Investment has a market cap of $790.4 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 18.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 61.76.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Capital Mortgage Investment

as a

sell

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

American Capital Mortgage Investment Ratings Report

now.

Covanta

Owners of

Covanta

(NYSE:

CVA

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $18.43 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.4%.

The average volume for Covanta has been 987,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Covanta has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are down 16.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Covanta Holding Corporation provides waste and energy services to municipal entities primarily worldwide. It owns and operates infrastructure for the conversion of waste to energy, as well as engages in other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Covanta

as a

hold

. The company's strongest point has been its a solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have looked at. 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

Covanta 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.