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Tomorrow, Thursday, June 26, 2014, 4:00 AM ET, 121 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 40.3%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

Owners of

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

(NASDAQ:

WHLR

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $4.70 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9%.

The average volume for Wheeler Real Estate Investment has been 20,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Wheeler Real Estate Investment has a market cap of $33.3 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 7.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. engages in acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning, and managing real estate properties in the mid-Atlantic, southeast, and southwest United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

as a

sell

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

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Ratings Report

now.

Hugoton Royalty

Owners of

Hugoton Royalty

(NYSE:

HGT

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $11.19 as of 9:31 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.4%.

The average volume for Hugoton Royalty has been 338,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hugoton Royalty has a market cap of $459.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 49.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Hugoton Royalty Trust operates as an express trust in the United States. The company holds an 80% net profits interests in certain natural gas producing working interest properties of XTO Energy Inc. XTO Energy Inc. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.45.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Hugoton 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. You can view the full

Hugoton Royalty Ratings Report

now.

Home Loan Servicing Solutions

Owners of

Home Loan Servicing Solutions

(NASDAQ:

HLSS

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $22.70 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.5%.

The average volume for Home Loan Servicing Solutions has been 548,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Home Loan Servicing Solutions has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition of mortgage servicing assets. Its mortgage servicing assets consists of servicing advances, mortgage servicing rights, rights to mortgage servicing rights, and other related assets. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.47.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Home Loan Servicing Solutions

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full

Home Loan Servicing Solutions 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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