Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 04, 2015, 48 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.7% to 20.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Acacia Research Corporation

Owners of

Acacia Research Corporation

(NASDAQ:

ACTG

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $6.86 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.5%.

The average volume for Acacia Research Corporation has been 499,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Acacia Research Corporation has a market cap of $337.9 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 59.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Acacia Research Corporation, through its subsidiaries, invests in, develops, licenses, and enforces patented technologies in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Acacia Research Corporation

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full

Acacia Research Corporation Ratings Report

now.

Washington Federal

Owners of

Washington Federal

(NASDAQ:

WAFD

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $25.13 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Washington Federal has been 602,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Washington Federal has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Washington Federal, Inc. operates as the holding company for Washington Federal, National Association that provides various financial services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.30.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Washington Federal

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. 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

Washington Federal Ratings Report

now.

Cintas

At a price of $93.02 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for Cintas has been 660,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Cintas has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are up 19.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Cintas Corporation provides corporate identity uniforms and related business services primarily in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.75.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cintas

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full

Cintas 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.