Monday, Monday, September 14, 2015, 42 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 16.9%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Gabelli Utility

Owners of

Gabelli Utility

(NYSE:

GUT

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 5 cents per share. At a price of $5.77 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.4%.

The average volume for Gabelli Utility has been 108,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gabelli Utility has a market cap of $241.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 21.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 32.11.

UIL Holdings

Owners of

UIL Holdings

(NYSE:

UIL

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 43 cents per share. At a price of $47.22 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for UIL Holdings has been 234,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. UIL Holdings has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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UIL Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates in the regulated utility businesses. The company operates in the Electric Distribution, Electric Transmission, and Gas Distribution segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.33.

TheStreet Ratings rates

UIL Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full

UIL Holdings Ratings Report

now.

PrivateBancorp

Owners of

PrivateBancorp

(NASDAQ:

PVTB

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 1 cent per share. At a price of $37.98 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.1%.

The average volume for PrivateBancorp has been 488,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. PrivateBancorp has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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PrivateBancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for The PrivateBank and Trust Company that provides customized financial services to middle market companies, business owners, executives, entrepreneurs, and families in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.08.

TheStreet Ratings rates

PrivateBancorp

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full

PrivateBancorp 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.