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Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 04, 2015, 36 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.2% to 16.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Mid-Con Energy Partners

Owners of

Mid-Con Energy Partners

(NASDAQ:

MCEP

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $6.38 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.2%.

The average volume for Mid-Con Energy Partners has been 498,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mid-Con Energy Partners has a market cap of $126.5 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Mid-Con Energy Partners, LP is engaged in the acquisition, exploitation, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties in North America. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.57.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Mid-Con Energy Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Mid-Con Energy Partners Ratings Report

now.

Federated Investors

Owners of

Federated Investors

(NYSE:

FII

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 25 cents per share. At a price of $32.37 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.2%.

The average volume for Federated Investors has been 463,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Federated Investors has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Federated Investors, Inc. is a publicly owned asset management holding company. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.26.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Federated Investors

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full

Federated Investors Ratings Report

now.

Regency Energy Partners

Owners of

Regency Energy Partners

(NYSE:

RGP

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $25.86 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.8%.

The average volume for Regency Energy Partners has been 1.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Regency Energy Partners has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 7.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Regency Energy Partners LP is engaged in the gathering and processing, compression, treating, and transportation of natural gas; and the transportation, fractionation, and storage of natural gas liquids (NGLs). The company has a P/E ratio of 142.56.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Regency Energy Partners

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income 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 and poor profit margins. You can view the full

Regency Energy 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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