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Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 15 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.6% to 7%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Dupont Fabros Technology

Owners of

Dupont Fabros Technology

(NYSE:

DFT

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 42 cents per share. At a price of $25.01 as of 9:42 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.6%.

The average volume for Dupont Fabros Technology has been 586,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dupont Fabros Technology has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 24.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in the ownership, acquisition, development, operation, management, and lease of large-scale data center facilities in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.71.

TheStreet Ratings rates

TheStreet Recommends

Dupont Fabros Technology

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full

Dupont Fabros Technology Ratings Report

now.

Domtar

Owners of

Domtar

(NYSE:

UFS

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $35.31 as of 9:42 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.3%.

The average volume for Domtar has been 646,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Domtar has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 11.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Domtar Corporation designs, manufactures, markets, and distributes communications papers, specialty and packaging papers, and absorbent hygiene products in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and internationally. It operates in two segments, Pulp and Paper, and Personal Care. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.60.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Domtar

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full

Domtar Ratings Report

now.

Royal Gold

Owners of

Royal Gold

(NASDAQ:

RGLD

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $46.75 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for Royal Gold has been 816,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Royal Gold has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 26.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Royal Gold, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, acquires and manages precious metals royalties, metal streams, and similar interests. It focuses on acquiring royalty and stream interests or to finance projects that are in production or in development stage in exchange for royalty interests. The company has a P/E ratio of 58.18.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Royal Gold

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full

Royal Gold 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.