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Monday, Monday, August 03, 2015, 27 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% 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:

American Midstream Partners

Owners of

American Midstream Partners

(NYSE:

AMID

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 47 cents per share. At a price of $12.28 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 14.4%.

The average volume for American Midstream Partners has been 59,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. American Midstream Partners has a market cap of $299.3 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 35.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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American Midstream Partners, LP engages in gathering, treating, processing, and transporting natural gas, fractionating natural gas liquids (NGLs), and storing specialty chemical products in the Gulf Coast and Southeast regions of the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates

American Midstream Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. You can view the full

American Midstream Partners Ratings Report

now.

Natural Resources Partners

Owners of

Natural Resources Partners

(NYSE:

NRP

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $3.06 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.4%.

The average volume for Natural Resources Partners has been 711,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Natural Resources Partners has a market cap of $386.5 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 68% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Natural Resource Partners L.P., through its subsidiaries, owns, manages, and leases mineral properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.00.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Natural Resources Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk. You can view the full

Natural Resources Partners Ratings Report

now.

Emerge Energy Services

Owners of

Emerge Energy Services

(NYSE:

EMES

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 67 cents per share. At a price of $25.17 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.4%.

The average volume for Emerge Energy Services has been 307,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Emerge Energy Services has a market cap of $610.8 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 52.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 7.76.

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.