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Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 52 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 30.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Full Circle Capital

Owners of

Full Circle Capital

(NASDAQ:

FULL

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $4.74 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 16.8%.

The average volume for Full Circle Capital has been 110,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Full Circle Capital has a market cap of $57.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Full Circle Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in debt and equity securities of smaller and lower middle-market companies.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Full Circle Capital

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Full Circle Capital Ratings Report

now.

Permian Basin Royalty

Owners of

Permian Basin Royalty

(NYSE:

PBT

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $9.74 as of 9:32 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.4%.

The average volume for Permian Basin Royalty has been 223,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Permian Basin Royalty has a market cap of $451.6 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Permian Basin Royalty Trust owns overriding royalty interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.73.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Permian Basin Royalty

as a

hold

. 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 and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. You can view the full

Permian Basin Royalty Ratings Report

now.

Virtus Investment Partners

Owners of

Virtus Investment Partners

(NASDAQ:

VRTS

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $142.25 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.3%.

The average volume for Virtus Investment Partners has been 85,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Virtus Investment Partners has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 15.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional clients. It launches separate client focused equity and fixed income portfolios. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.51.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Virtus Investment Partners

as a

buy

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

Virtus Investment Partners 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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