Tomorrow, Thursday, October 29, 2015, 48 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 17.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Whitestone REIT

Owners of

Whitestone REIT

(NYSE:

WSR

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $12.54 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9%.

The average volume for Whitestone REIT has been 201,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whitestone REIT has a market cap of $341.0 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 17.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 66.53.

Dolby Laboratories

Owners of

Dolby Laboratories

(NYSE:

DLB

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $34.59 as of 9:34 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Dolby Laboratories has been 380,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dolby Laboratories has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are down 20.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Dolby Laboratories, Inc. creates audio, imaging, and communication technologies that transform entertainment and communications at the cinema, at home, at work, and on mobile devices. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.74.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Dolby Laboratories

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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full

Dolby Laboratories Ratings Report

now.

East West Bancorp

Owners of

East West Bancorp

(NASDAQ:

EWBC

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $39.89 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%.

The average volume for East West Bancorp has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. East West Bancorp has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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East West Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for East West Bank that provides a range of personal and commercial banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, business executives, professionals, and other individuals. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.07.

TheStreet Ratings rates

East West Bancorp

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. You can view the full

East West Bancorp 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.