Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 118 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 18.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Chatham Lodging

Owners of

Chatham Lodging

(NYSE:

CLDT

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $20.53 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.2%.

The average volume for Chatham Lodging has been 205,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Chatham Lodging has a market cap of $781.3 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Chatham Lodging Trust was formed as a Maryland real estate investment trust (REIT) on October 26, 2009. The Company is internally-managed and was organized to invest primarily in premium-branded upscale extended-stay and select-service hotels. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.60.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Chatham Lodging

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Chatham Lodging Ratings Report

now.

First Industrial Realty

Owners of

First Industrial Realty

(NYSE:

FR

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 19 cents per share. At a price of $22.72 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.4%.

The average volume for First Industrial Realty has been 867,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. First Industrial Realty has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 0.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in industrial properties. The firm owns, manages, acquires, sells, develops, and redevelops industrial real estate. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.61.

TheStreet Ratings rates

First Industrial Realty

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good. You can view the full

First Industrial Realty Ratings Report

now.

Sunstone Hotel Investors

Owners of

Sunstone Hotel Investors

(NYSE:

SHO

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $12.92 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.4%.

The average volume for Sunstone Hotel Investors has been 3.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Sunstone Hotel Investors has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust. The firm engages in the acquisition, ownership, asset management, renovation, and sale of luxury, upper upscale, and upscale full-service hotels in the United States. Its portfolio also includes mid-scale hotels. The company has a P/E ratio of 169.75.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Sunstone Hotel Investors

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Sunstone Hotel Investors 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.