Tuesday, Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 166 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

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Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday:

Alcentra Capital

Owners of

Alcentra Capital

(NASDAQ:

ABDC

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 34 cents per share. At a price of $12.09 as of 12:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.5%.

The average volume for Alcentra Capital has been 39,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Alcentra Capital has a market cap of $160.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Alcentra Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in investments in lower middle-market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.13.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Alcentra Capital

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Alcentra Capital Ratings Report

now.

Dynex Capital

Owners of

Dynex Capital

(NYSE:

DX

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 24 cents per share. At a price of $6.94 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.9%.

The average volume for Dynex Capital has been 322,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Dynex Capital has a market cap of $340.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 16.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Dynex Capital, Inc., a mortgage real estate investment trust, invests in mortgage securities on a leveraged basis in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Dynex Capital

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full

Dynex Capital Ratings Report

now.

SkyWest

Owners of

SkyWest

(NASDAQ:

SKYW

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $20.59 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.8%.

The average volume for SkyWest has been 573,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. SkyWest has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 54.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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SkyWest, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates a regional airline in the United States. It provides scheduled passenger and air freight services with approximately 3,500 total daily departures to various destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.62.

TheStreet Ratings rates

SkyWest

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance 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

SkyWest 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.