Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 02, 2015, 40 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 36.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Cousins Properties

Owners of

Cousins Properties

(NYSE:

CUZ

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $9.84 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.3%.

The average volume for Cousins Properties has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Cousins Properties has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Cousins Properties Incorporated, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, develops, and manages real estate portfolio, as well as performs certain real estate-related services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.02.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cousins Properties

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations 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

Cousins Properties Ratings Report

now.

Old Republic International

Owners of

Old Republic International

(NYSE:

ORI

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $18.98 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.9%.

The average volume for Old Republic International has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Old Republic International has a market cap of $5.0 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 29.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Old Republic International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the insurance underwriting and related services business primarily in the United States and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.64.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Old Republic International

as a

buy

. 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Old Republic International Ratings Report

now.

Genuine Parts

Owners of

Genuine Parts

(NYSE:

GPC

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 62 cents per share. At a price of $91.06 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.7%.

The average volume for Genuine Parts has been 791,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Genuine Parts has a market cap of $13.7 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 15% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the Caribbean region. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.59.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Genuine Parts

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Genuine Parts 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.