Tuesday, Tuesday, May 03, 2016, 14 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.5% to 13.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday: Natural Resources Partners Owners of Natural Resources Partners (NYSE: NRP) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $12.89 as of 3:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.6%. The average volume for Natural Resources Partners has been 66,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Natural Resources Partners has a market cap of $161.7 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. Natural Resource Partners L.P., through its subsidiaries, owns, operates, manages, and leases mineral properties in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Coal, Hard Mineral Royalty and Other; Soda Ash; VantaCore; and Oil and Gas. TheStreet Ratings rates Natural Resources Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Natural Resources Partners Ratings Report now. Idacorp Owners of Idacorp (NYSE: IDA) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 51 cents per share. At a price of $72.73 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%. The average volume for Idacorp has been 300,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Idacorp has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. IDACORP, Inc., through its subsidiary, Idaho Power Company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, purchase, and sale of electric energy in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.79. TheStreet Ratings rates Idacorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Idacorp Ratings Report now. KKR Owners of KKR (NYSE: KKR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $13.60 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.6%. The average volume for KKR has been 3.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. KKR has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. KKR & Co. L.P. is a private equity and real estate investment firm specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. It specializes in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, credit special situations, growth equity, mature, mezzanine, distressed, and middle market investments. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.23. TheStreet Ratings rates KKR 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full KKR 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.