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Thursday, Thursday, March 13, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 50 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 14%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Thursday:

Gladstone Capital

Owners of

Gladstone Capital

(NASDAQ:

GLAD

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $9.89 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.5%.

The average volume for Gladstone Capital has been 121,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Capital has a market cap of $207.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Gladstone Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in investments in debt and equity securities. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.06.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Gladstone Capital

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall. You can view the full

Gladstone Capital Ratings Report

now.

WELLS FARGO ADVANTAGE MULTI-SEC INC FD

Owners of

WELLS FARGO ADVANTAGE MULTI-SEC INC FD

(AMEX:

ERC

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $14.67 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.1%.

The average volume for WELLS FARGO ADVANTAGE MULTI-SEC INC FD has been 153,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. WELLS FARGO ADVANTAGE MULTI-SEC INC FD has a market cap of $622.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Owens & Minor

Owners of

Owens & Minor

(NYSE:

OMI

) shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $35.37 as of 4:04 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Owens & Minor has been 468,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Owens & Minor has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the wholesale industry. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Owens & Minor, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a healthcare logistics company. The company offers supply chain assistance to the providers of healthcare services; and the manufacturers of healthcare products, supplies, and devices. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.97.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Owens & Minor

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Owens & Minor 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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